November 10, 2010

The Kirk - St. Andrew's Church, Chennai, India

St. Andrew's Church aka the Kirk is one of the oldest and popular churches of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, South India. This architecture marvel was built by the British East India Company for its Scottish population in the year of 1821 AD. In Scottish language, the word "Kirk" means Church. Hence, this church (St. Andrew's Church) is affectionately called as "The Kirk".
The Kirk, Chennai, India

St. Andrew's Church aka the Kirk is located at Poonamallee High Road, diagonally opposite to Egmore Railway Station. This is just five minutes walk from Egmore Railway Station, the second important Railway Station of Chennai city.

This church is considered as one of the finest examples for Georgian architecture in the entire Asia. The interiors of the church have wooden works. The interior of the church is in circular shape and very elegant. The highlight of the church is its tall dome which has a diameter of 52 feet. There are 16 circular pillars that support the dome. The walls of the church are exceptionally decorated. The church compound is surrounded by well maintained greenery, which increases the beauty of the church.

This two centuries old church built exclusively for Scottish community of Chennai (erstwhile Madras) is worth visit. Don't miss to visit this church when you happen to go to Chennai.

Happy travelling.

The Kirk, Chennai, India

Fast Facts:
Site Name: St. Andrew's Church aka The Kirk 
Site Type: Church
Location: Near Egmore Railway Station, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 
1) One of the oldest churches of Chennai city
2) One of the popular churches of Chennai city
3) The church built by the British East India Company
4) Church built for Scottish population in Chennai
5) Approximately 200 years old church
6) One of the finest examples for Georgian architecture in the entire Asia
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city


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