Holy Trinity Church, Bangalore

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Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church, Bangalore Inside.jpg
LocationBangalore, Karnataka
CountryIndia
History
Dedicated8 August 1852
Consecrated25 July 1852
Architecture
Functional statusActive
StyleEnglish Renaissance
Specifications
Capacity700

Holy Trinity Church, located at Trinity circle at the east end of the MG Road, is a major landmark in Bangalore. It was built in 1851, for the British Regiment stationed in Bangalore. Built in the English Renaissance style, the church can accommodate 700 people and is regarded as the largest "military" church in southern India. It has a congregation of over 450 families[1]

History[edit]

The East India Company decided to build a second church in Bangalore after protests from local English regiment in Bangalore.[2] Bishop Corrie chose the spot of the church. The foundation stone was laid on 16 February 1848. The walls were lined with ornate marble murals and tablets, which spoke about great men and women who toiled for the church.[1] Some of these statues were specially carved in England. Rev W W Lutyens designed the furnishing and embellishments. Mears Foundry of London cast the bell of the church, in 1847. The pulpit and pipe organ were also built in London. The pipe organ, though, was later sold to the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church. The stained glass, depicting the baptism of Jesus in splendid color, and the baptismal pond were brought from London.[3] Queen Victoria's own West Kent Regiment presented the cross, in memory of those who died when the unit was based in Bangalore.

The church was consecrated on 25 July 1852 and opened on 8 August, 1852. The original estimate of the construction was 27,000 (US$380). However, the archdeacon suggested improvements at an additional cost of 6,500 (US$90).

After Independence, the church was taken over by the Christian Indian Military personnel and their families.[1] It was called Holy Trinity Garrison Pastorate then. In 1965, it was renamed as Holy Trinity Church, by the Mysore Diocese.[2] It was renovated at the cost of around 25 lakh (US$35,000) in 2003[1]

Vintage Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Trinity church rededicated The Times of India
  2. ^ a b Churchill prayed here Bangalore Mirror
  3. ^ Trinity Church
  4. ^ Penny, Frank (1922). The Church in Madras : being the History of the Ecclesiastical and Missionary Action of the East India Company in the Presidency of Madras From 1835 to 1861: Volume III. London: John Murray. p. 154. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

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