There comes a moment in our lives when we are reminded that, we haven’t discovered the treasures our own city has to offer.
St. John’s Church in Dalhousie Square, originally a cathedral, was among the first public buildings to be erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the capital of British India. It was designed by Lieutenant James Agg of the Bengal Engineers and its construction was completed by 1787. Like many other British churches in India, St. John’s Church is based on James Gibbs’ St. Martin-in the-Fields Church, London, but due to poor subsoil conditions, the entire fourth tier of the steeple was omitted, giving the church a compressed appearance. The church was built under the leadership of Warren Hastings and Reverend William Johnson.
The single-spire Gothic church is built entirely of stone and its original construction is left virtually untouched till date. The steeple and porticos have grand Doric columns. The floor of the church is paved with slabs of blue-grey or black marble. These slabs came from the ruins of Gour in Malda district and the minutes (Folio 153, dated June 1, 1784) of the kirk sessions of this church document this act of vandalism.
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Subhogen (4065) 2013-11-29 19:33
Thanks for presenting a grand view of this age old Church in Kolkata. I like the angle and POV chosen, the natural colours and the well managed light. Well taken.
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2013-11-30 7:53
Beautiful church, and a fine point of view and lighting to show it off. Amazing the difference in the textures of the stone on the tower compared to the lower parts, and the styles look quite different too, almost Neoclassical in the lower half. I'm intrigued that you say this used to be a cathedral. Any idea why it is not any more? I have never before heard of a cathedral having its status removed, in fact its a note of interest on Dublins Christchurch Cathedral. Built as a Catholic cathedral, it was taken from the Irish under Henry VIII, but has never lost its status as such. Very interesting note.
Thanks for a cool architectural gem like this.
Have a great weekend
Silvio1953 (123561) 2013-12-01 4:02
Ciao Arunava, great POV on fantastic Church, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (86283) 2013-12-01 7:18
Beautiful church, curious tower.
I like POV and composition.
Intertesting colours and light.
I like it.
Angshu (55914) 2013-12-02 0:26
Funny that this church, which was quite close to my office when I used to work in Kolkata, I did not ever venture inside the premises...
Interesting elements as I see the architecture which is pretty much 'unelaborate' as one can expect from a non Catholic architecture style. What's interesting is the frontage with columns and the covered space complete with khus khus shutters and all
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-04
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-29 12:05