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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pajaran (59559) 2014-03-17 12:36
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj crkvi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozcija, lepa crkva.
Interesting and good article about the old church, with a history and description of the ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast, beautiful architecture and details shown on the facade, beautiful colors.
Good work and a composition, a beautiful church.
All the best.
holmertz (51236) 2014-03-17 13:39
The light, which you describe as a bit of a drawback, is in my opinion an asset of this picture. It has given the sky a slightly peculiar but very attractive green and yellow tone which matches the red walls perfectly. The effect makes me think of an old handpainted postcard which has slightly faded. I do mean this as a compliment. The church as such is a fine building but it's mainly the colours that I find stunning.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-17 14:25
this church has very unusual color and it is very eye catching. I like a nit of palm leaves included in the image which add some detail in the foreground and frame the wholeness neatly.
Thanks for sharing
lousat (89896) 2014-03-17 15:37
Hi Satya,a very original color and a nice architechture well caught in a difficult perspective,there is a special light in the sky around the church,very good presentation and very interesting post.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Corry (4508) 2014-03-17 19:59
Un beau point de vue sur cette église aux couleurs vraiment particulières. Les arbres cadrent bien l'image. Le ciel est un peu vert, mais l'ensemble est quand même attrayant. Bien fait.
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-03-17 23:03
Pleasant image of the red chaurch.Nice colors and clarity.Very well captured.TFS.
emka (95295) 2014-03-17 23:40
Hello Satya, Ratther unusual to see such gothic church in India but in fact I saw some nice churches in South India. Nice simple architecture and striking red colours of the walls. I like the light here, it gives the photo special atmosphere.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Royaldevon (37959) 2014-03-18 7:20
This church has seen a very turbulent and blood thirsty history!
It is a very 'churchy' building with its Gothic windows and tall bell tower but what is unusual is its colour. I don't think I have ever seen a church painted this rich cerise colour, before. I definitely like it, it makes the building quite cheerful.
Although you felt the light was a problem, in has worked well, creating a type of vignetting.
My warm regards,
Fis2 (96083) 2014-03-18 8:00
Very impressive color of wall.
Good POV and composition.
I like tower.
Have a nice evening
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-18 8:09
I agree with you the choice of angle and POV was good to present both the facades of this beautiful red church. I have never seen a church as red as this, very unique indeed. Good presentation with a well researched note. Thanks for the share.
Cricri (117899) 2014-03-18 10:41
Bel angle de prise de l'église, intéressante architecture mais aussi pour sa couleur rouge! belle réalisation et note
dekanski (5118) 2014-03-18 10:55
The picture is slightly out of balance, outweighs the left! The color balance is not the best.
ourania (44342) 2014-03-18 13:51
the challenging angle and effect of the light have led you to a creative treatment of the illumination and colours of your photo. The colours are unusual and the atmosphere is mysterious and particular. The perspective you chose was very effective and offered us a thorough presentation of this unique building. It would be interesting to see the church from different angles too, when the light is more favourable. There's great sharpness and an alluring timeless effect. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Silvio1953 (140901) 2014-03-18 14:01
Ciao Satya, lovely composition with beautiful church, fine details, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-07 23:39
a splendid photo of this amazing church, the composition is very spectacular, beautiful shot with effective POV,
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-06-07 19:20
Very sharp picture Sathya, a pinkish church, an original building, pleasant hues, greetings