November 13, 2010

St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George, Chennai, India

St. Mary's Church is one of the oldest British buildings in India and it is also considered as the oldest Anglican Church East of Suez.

The British East India Company which entered India around 1600 AD for trading activities slowly occupied the entire nation and started ruling the county. Chennai, the erst while Madras, was one of the cities occupied by the British East India Company in their earlier years. Fort St. George was constructed by the British in the year of 1639. The secretariat of Tamil Nadu state government is inside the fort. (Tamil Nadu is the state where the city Chennai/Madras is located). Apart from the secretariat building and various offices, the buildings having tourism importance are Museum and St. Mary's Church.
St. Mary's Church, Chennai

St. Mary's Church was constructed in 1678-1680 AD by the British East India Company. Similar to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, there is a group called Anglicanism in Christianity religion. The St. Mary's Church located inside the Fort St. George of Madras/Chennai is the oldest Anglican Church East of Suez. St. Mary's Church is perhaps the oldest British period building in India (excluding forts, if only buildings are considered).

St. Mary's Church is a historically important church. The ancient prayer house inside the church solemnized the marriages of Robert Clive and Elihu Yale (Co-founder of Yale University of USA). The church is full of plaques and memorials. The Baptisms are taking place in this church since 1680 AD. You can find that ancient font in this church. The interior walls of this beautiful church are decorated by small statues.

The highlight of the church is church tower which is visible even from a long distance.

St. Mary's Church is one of the ancient British sites which is worth visiting. Don't miss this.

Happy travelling.
Entrance of St. Mary's Church

Baptism takes place here since 1680
Fast Facts:
Site Name: St. Mary's Church 
Site Type: Church
Location: Fort St. George, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
Highlights: 
1) One of the oldest buildings of British period
2) 350 years old church 
3) The oldest Anglican Church East of Suez
4) The church solemnized the marriages of Robert Clive and Elihu Yale
5) Baptism takes place since 1680

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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1 comment:

  1. "Bulldog Bulldog, Bowwowwow. Eli Yale." [Yale U. fight song, written by Cole Porter] just thought you'd be amused. My, how Yale got around!.

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