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Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

December 19, 2012 33 comments

Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

~ Compilation of Churches of Calcutta (Kolkata) ~

Kolkata (formally Calcutta) is home to several churches catering to different sects and sub – sects of Christianity. Apart from the well known Protestant and Catholic sects Calcutta (Kolkata) also houses churches belonging to the Orthodox sect including Armenian, Syrian and Greek orthodox sub – sets.

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September 14, 2011 1 comment




Three of my photographs on Calcutta (kolkata) Architecture was published in the article titled “Stories within Walls” by Partha Mukherjee & Priyanka Mukherjee in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) October 2011 issue.

Pages of Jet Wings with my photos

Pages of Jet Wings with my photos

My three published photos:

  • General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)
  • St. Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (kolkata)
  • Raj Bhavan Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)
General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)
General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)

General Post Office (GPO), Calcutta (Kolkata)

General Post Office (GPO) is one of the famous landmark of the city of Calcutta (Kolkata). Built in 1864 the majestic building was designed by Walter B. Grenvile.

Built at the sight of the old Fort William the stairs on the Eastern end of the building still contains the almost invisible brass plate marking the boundary of the old fort. The old Fort William was destroyed by Shiraj – ud – Daulah in 1756.

The majestic building has two wings supported by Ionic – Corinthian pillars and is crowned with a towering dome.

Today it operates as the chief post office of West Bengal and contains a Philately Department and a Postal Museum.

More photos of Calcutta (Kolkata) Architecture.

St Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (Kolkata)

St. Andrews Kirk (Church), Clacutta (Kolkata)

St. Andrews Kirk (Church), Clacutta (Kolkata)

Located at the Dalhousie Square St. Andrew’s Kirk (Kirk means Scottish Church) is the first Scottish Church of Calcutta

(Kolkata). The milk white St. Andrew’s Church, with its withe steeple crowned with a black weather cock, stands next to the Writers’ Building.

With the initiative of Scottish man Dr James Bryce, the Scottish community of Calcutta (Kolkata) started building their own church in 1815. Completed in 1818 the St. Andrew’s Church was designed by M/s Burn, Currie & Co. and its steeple was higher than that of the then Anglican Cathedral of Calcutta St. John’s Church, much to the annoyance of Bishop Middleton.

Today the St. Andrew’s Church stands as an oasis of peace in Calcutta’s busiest square.

Another view of St. Andrew’s Kirk (Church), Calcutta (Kolkata)

Raj Bhaban, Calcutta (Kolkata)

“without doubt the finest Government House occupied by the representative of any Sovereign or Government in the world.” Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India (1898 – 1905)

Raj Bhaban Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Raj Bhaban Gate, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Before 1799 the Governor General resided in a rented house, called Bukimham House, located in the same location. It was in 1799 the then Governor General of India, Lord Wellesley, took the initiative of building a palace, because he believed that India should be ruled form a palace and not from a country house.

After 4 years construction was complete at a colossal cost of 63,291 pounds (about 3.8 million pounds in today’s estimate). Wellesley was charged for misusing of Company’s fund and was finally recalled back to England in 1805.

Designed by Capt. Charles Wyatt and on the lines of the Curzon’s family mansion of the Keddleston Hall of Derbyshire, the Raj Bhavan follows a Neoclassical style with distinct Baroque overtones. In a strange coincidence, a 100 years after its construction started, the most illustrious son of the Curzon family, George Nathaniel Curzon came to occupy the Raj Bhavan as the Viceroy of India.

Today Raj Bhavan is the official residence of the Governor of Bengal and one of the leading landmarks of Calcutta (Kolkata).

Raj Bhavan Calcutta (Kolkata) from North Gate

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