Mumbai: St Thomas cathedral turns 300

Mumbai: St Thomas cathedral turns 300
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Churchgate station in Mumbai,  got its name because of its proximity to this church
St Thomas Cathedral was selected for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific heritage conservation award in 2004

The famous St Thomas Cathedral in the hustling-bustling Fort area of Mumbai gave 'Churchgate' its name.

In fact, Churchgate station, the origin point of Western Railway trains,  got its name because of its proximity to this church.

The cathedral, located a stone's throw away from the Horniman Circle, town hall, the Bombay Stock Exchange, Flora Fountain, Bombay House and the headquarters of the Tata Group, has turned 300.

The St Thomas cathedral was open for service on the christmas of 1718. The foundation stone of the church as laid on 1676.

Reverend Avinash Rangayya, the priest of the St Thomas Cathedral, and the Tercentenary Celebrations Committee have planned several events during the year to commemorate the church turning 300.

"The church has a unique history," says historian and heritage expert of Mumbai Rafique Baghdadi.

It is the the cathedral church of the Diocese of Mumbai of the Church of North India. It was named in honour of Saint Thomas, the apostle. The church is controlled by the cathedral and John Connon School.

It was selected for the UNESCO Asia-Pacific heritage conservation award in 2004.

 

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