A huge painting of the ‘LAST SUPPER’ is seen behind the altar (Altarpiece) and the St.Mary's church, Chennai has become synonymous with this painting whose artist is unknown. The painting is said to have come from Pondicherry in 1761.
I have captured the famous LAST SUPPER Painting along with the altar background. Note the interior of the Church with beautiful wooden work and glorious stained glass arches.
St. Mary's Church, one of the historic monuments in Chennai - built in 1680, is considered as the oldest Anglican Church in Asia. This Church is also known as ‘Westminster Abbey of the East’ and it derives its name (St Mary) from its origin in the Annunciation day of Virgin Mary.
Located within the historic site of Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church is a reminder of the British Raj in India, looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is now part of the Church of South India, Diocese of Madras.
The registers of baptism, marriage, death and burial have been preserved right from the time the church was consecrated (28th of October, 1680). The first marriage registered is that of Elihu Yale, after whom Yale University was named. He married Catherine Hynmers, a widow, in 1680. Robert Clive (British East India Company Administrator and Military Leader) married Margaret Maskelyne at St. Mary’s Church in 1753.