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10 Landmark churches in Bengaluru

A quick look at some of the oldest churches in Bengaluru and their histories.

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 by Rescue

1. St. Mary’s Basilica

Location: Shivajinagar

The oldest catholic church in the city. It was founded in 1813 and consecrated in 1882. It was previously a chapel in a thatched hut set up by Christian Tamils from Ginjee who settled in the area during the 17th century.

2. Holy Trinity Church

Location: Trinity Circle, MG Road

It was built in 1851 by The East India Company after protests by the British regiment stationed in Bangalore for a second church (Only one church was allowed for one station). It was the largest military church in South India frequented by high-ranking British officials. Winston Churchill is said to have prayed here.

3. St. Mark’s Cathedral

Location: West end of MG Road

The oldest Anglican church in the city was founded in 1808. It was initially a garrison church for officials of The East India Company.

4. East Parade Church

Location: MG Road

It was founded in 1863 by Tamil soldiers in the Madras Army. It derives its name from its location, East of the Parade Grounds (present-day MG Road). It was also called the Wesleyan Cathedral of Bengaluru.

5. St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Location: Cleveland Town, Fraser Town

It was originally built in 1851 and reconstructed in 1911. Its large compound today houses three schools.

6. St. Luke’s church

Location: Chamarajpet

The British defeated Tipu Sultan in the Fourth Mysore war in 1799 and took over the Bangalore Fort building a small chapel called Drummers chapel in 1803. This was the first church to be built in Bangalore. In 1812 this was shifted outside the fort area and was called the Fort church, which was used as a place of worship for English soldiers. The church shifted to Chamarajpet in 1932 to give way to Vani Vilas hospital. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of Mysore.

7. St. Andrew's Church

Location: Cubbon Road

Built by Richard Sankey, chief engineer of the Mysore Presidency, it was founded in 1864. A scene in the iconic film ‘A Passage to India’ was shot here.

8. All Saints' Church

Location: Hosur Road

It was founded in 1869 for the subaltern European community that could not be a part of churches in the cantonment. It was also briefly used as a military armoury for the Bangalore Rifle Volunteers.

9. St. John’s Church

Location: Fraser Town

St. John's Church traces its origin to a small chapel and school, located in Haines Road which connects Cleveland Town to Fraser Town. The small school has now grown into the St. John's High School in the church compound. The original chapel-school was built with money collected from The East India Company officers, to cater to Eurasian children who were not allowed to attend school in the Cantonment. The pipe organ at St. John's is said to be among the oldest and rarest in the country.

10. St. Patrick’s Church

Location: Brigade Road

St Patrick's is the second-oldest Catholic Church in Bengaluru. It was completed in 1844. Originally built for Irish soldiers, it is named after the Patron saint of Ireland.This church's architecture inspired the design of the central tower of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), which was established two decades later.

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