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There comes a moment in our lives when we are reminded that, we havenít discovered the treasures our own city has to offer.
St. Johnís 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. Johnís Church is based on James Gibbsí 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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