Padri Ki Haveli

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St Mary's Church
Basic information
Location Patna
Geographic coordinates 25°36′40″N 85°08′38″E / 25.611°N 85.144°E / 25.611; 85.144Coordinates: 25°36′40″N 85°08′38″E / 25.611°N 85.144°E / 25.611; 85.144
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Region Magadh
State India
Province Bihar
District Patna district
Municipality Patna Municipal Corporation
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Heritage designation Oldest Church of Bihar
Architectural description
Architect(s) Tirreto
Architectural type Cathedral
Architectural style American colonial architecture
Completed First build – 1713
Major redisgn – 1772
Construction cost {INR}700 in 1772

Padri-Ki-Haveli ("Mansion of Padre"), also known as St Mary's Church, it is the oldest church in Bihar. When Roman Catholics arrived in Bihar, they built a small church in 1713 at a place now known as Padri-ki-Haveli.[1]

The current church was re-designed by a Venetian architect Tirreto in 1772. He came from Kolkata to design this church. The foundation stone of this huge church has a dimension of 70 feet in length, 40 feet wide and 50 feet in height.[2]

Nawab Mir Qasim destroyed this church because of the quarrel with the British traders on 25 June 1763. Ancient records were destroyed and burnt consequently. Later, in 1857 during the Great Indian Rebellion again this church suffered with many damages.

Today, the monument stands as an architectural wonder with intricate details which can be seen in few other churches of India.

Notes[edit]

  • The main attraction of the church is the large cathedral bell.[3]
  • Mother Teresa got her training in this church.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christianity in Bihar. Bihareebabu.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  2. ^ PADRI KI HAVELI. patna.bih.nic.in
  3. ^ Large Cathedral Bell and architecture of Padri Ki Haveli church in Bihar. Tsiindia.com (2007-06-21). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  4. ^ Patna room still houses Mother's memories. Rediff.com (2003-10-20). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.

Further reading[edit]

  • Horo, P. C., The Comprehensive History of Biha, Vol. III, Part II, chapter – "Christian Missions and Communities in Bihar" – (pages 109–292) 
  • Greene, Meg (2004), Mother Teresa: A Biography, Greenwood Publishing Group, ISBN 0-313-32771-8