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This church is located 18 km. from Visakhapatnam in the coastal town of Bheemunipatnam. It is the St. Peter's Church which was constructed at the time when a small European community comprising 80 persons inhabited this picturesque coastal town.
It was consecrated on March 17, 1864, (by Rev. Bishop Gell, who named it in honour of St. Peter) and it has completed 150 years today and is still functional. From what I have seen, it is the only heritage construction in Bheemunipatnam that has survived the test of time.
The Dutch entered Bheemunipatnam in the 17th century - when it was under the rule of the Nawabs of Golkonda – after a battle in 1624 and it became one of the major Dutch settlements and one of the main trade centres of the Dutch East India company. A witness to many bloody wars and battles, the town was attacked and burnt by the Marathas in 1754 and destroyed in the Anglo-Dutch wars of 1781 and 1795. It was finally handed over by the Dutch to the British in 1825 following a treaty in 1824 and became a peaceful Anglo-Dutch settlement.
The architectural splendour, location and the history connected with the St Peter’s Church make it stand apart. The design and plans were made with help of a draughtsman of the 38 Madras Infantry. The gothic design was estimated at Rs.4,528 ($ 75) and an additional Rs.2,206 ($ 37) was required for the tower. The east window of the church has an exquisitely designed stained glass depicting Christ's baptism, breaking of bread and Crucifixion. This unique piece was specially ordered and imported from London for an additional cost of Rs.1,000 in those days.
(Wikipedia / The Hindu)
The sun was behind the church when I took this photograph and I could not manage the backlight with any degree of success. But the architecture looked best from this angle.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 216 W: 1 N: 446] (3107)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-03-16
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-17 12:29
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