Holy Trinity Cathedral (Karachi)

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Coordinates: 24°51′07″N 67°01′48″E / 24.852°N 67.030°E / 24.852; 67.030

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karachi
LocationFatima Jinnah Road, Karachi
CountryPakistan
DenominationAnglican
History
Founded1844 (1844)
Founder(s)British military
Dedication1855
Associated peopleCapt. John Hill (Bombay Engineers), architect
Architecture
Architectural typeGothic
Administration
ArchdioceseDiocese of Karachi

Holy Trinity Cathedral is the seat of the Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Karachi,[1] situated on Fatima Jinnah Road, near Zainab Market, in Karachi, Pakistan.


History[edit]

A postcard from 1904.

Established in 1844[2] and built in 1855, the Holy Trinity Church located on Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi, is one of the first major churches[3] built in the area. Designed by the Captain of the Bombay Engineers, John Hill[4], the church had a nave stretching 115 feet, followed by a tower[5] standing at 150 feet tall. The church was built with buff colored Gizri stone and the architectural design made it unique. The church followed a Romanesque[6] layout which made it stand out compared to the buildings located around. At the top of the tower, since there were no lighthouses, it was given beacons to help ships[7] in the Karachi Harbor. In 1904, Captain John Hill and Chief Engineer John Brunton, reviewed the cathedral and found that the foundation was showing signs of weakness and removed[8] the top two stories, giving the tower a new height of 115 feet. During World War I, the churches tower was used as a signaling[9] station, and soon in 1970 the pitched roof from the original design was replaced with barrel vaulted roof.[citation needed] Since the church is a former garrison church for the British military, it was designed to accommodate 800 worshipers[10] and memorialize British servicemen who died in various campaigns[11] and their history.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Like a prayer". DAWN.COM. 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  2. ^ Wright, Colin. "The Church of the Holy Trinity, Kurrachee [Karachi]". www.bl.uk. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ "Karachi Landmarks – The Holy Trinity Church". The Karachi Walla. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. ^ "Karachi Landmarks – The Holy Trinity Church". The Karachi Walla. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ "Like a prayer". DAWN.COM. 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  6. ^ "Holy Trinity, Karachi". www.victorianweb.org. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  7. ^ "Like a prayer". DAWN.COM. 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  8. ^ khatri, Iqbal (2007-03-18), Holy Trinity Church 1855, retrieved 2019-05-08
  9. ^ khatri, Iqbal (2007-03-18), Holy Trinity Church 1855, retrieved 2019-05-08
  10. ^ khatri, Iqbal (2007-03-18), Holy Trinity Church 1855, retrieved 2019-05-08
  11. ^ "Holy Trinity Cathedral | Karachi, Pakistan Attractions". www.lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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