St. Paul's Cathedral, Kolkata

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St. Paul's Cathedral

1A, Cathedral Road, Kolkata- 700 071.

Kolkata, West Bengal
Country India
Denomination Church of North India (Anglican)
Dedication St. Paul
Status Cathedral
Architect(s) Major William Nairn Forbes, C.K. Robinson
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1839
Completed 1847
Diocese Calcutta
Bishop(s) Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas
Priest(s) Reverend Nigel Pope
Assistant priest Reverend James Gomez

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral of the Church of North India - a united church which is part of the Anglican Communion - in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta, and the incumbent bishop is the Rt. Revd. Ashoke Biswas.[1]

The building itself stands on the "island of attractions" in Kolkata - beside the Victoria Memorial, Nandan, Rabindra Sadan theatre complex, and the Birla Planetarium.


The building was initiated by Bishop Daniel Wilson in 1839 and was completed in 1847,[2] in Gothic Revival style with stained glass windows and two frescoes in Florentine Renaissance style. A military engineer, Major William Nairn Forbes, designed the cathedral with the assistance of C. K. Robinson, modelling the tower and spire upon Norwich Cathedral. The tower was rebuilt along the lines of the central tower of Canterbury Cathedral following the 1934 Calcutta earthquake. The Bishop's House across the street is also architecturally notable. St. Paul’s was consecrated in 1874.

On its completion, St Paul's replaced St. John's Church, Kolkata as the cathedral.

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Kolkata/Maidan travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 22°32′39″N 88°20′48″E / 22.54417°N 88.34667°E / 22.54417; 88.34667