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, 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.


A postcard from 1904.

Established in 1844[2] and built in 1855, Holy Trinity Cathedral was designed by Captain John Hill of the Bombay Engineers and built from local, buff-colored Gizri stone[3] as the first major church in Karachi.[3] Its original tall tower was built to serve as a light house for ships arriving at Karachi Harbour[4] but two stories of the tower were removed for safety in 1905. The original pitched roof was replaced by a barrel vaulted roof in the 1970s.[3] As a former garrison church for the British military, the church has a number of plauques memorializing British servicemen and history.[5]


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Forrest, Nick (2 Jan 2001). "History of Holy Trinity Church Karachi". Transcription of church leaflet from April 1947. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Church of the Holy Trinity, Karachi (c1870)". Photo Archive By British Library collection. The Friday Times (Pakistan). 13 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Karachi Landmarks – The Holy Trinity Church". The Karachi Walla. 
  5. ^ Mohammed, Salman (20 December 2009). "Like a prayer". Dawn (Pakistan). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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