Mall Rd, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001
Christ Church, Shimla, is the second oldest church in North India, after St. John’s Church in Meerut . Worship is conducted in Hindi and English.
Built in the neo-Gothic style in 1857 to serve the largely Anglican British community in what was formerly called Simla, it is situated on The Ridge where it stands out as one of the prominent landmarks of Shimla. The silhouette of Christ Church is visible for miles around the vicinity of Shimla city. the Church remains one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj.
Christ Church was designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau in 1844, and the church was consecrated after 1857. The clock adorning the Church was donated by Colonel Dumbleton in 1860. The porch was added in 1873.
Christ Church has survived Partition and the subsequent political upheavals on the Indian subcontinent. The Church continues to be very well maintained and remains in good condition. The clock, however, no longer functions – due to entropy.
It is designed in the typical Elizabethan style. The church is lit at night to illuminate it. It looks absolutely magical during night when lights placed at strategic corners illuminate this beautiful church. The church glows with all its beauty and grandeur and is an amazing sight to look at.
The church contains five fine stained glass windows. One represents the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Patience and Humility. The pipe-organ of Christ Church is the biggest in the Indian subcontinent and was installed in September 1899.
Among the church’s holdings are a great collection of books and ancient scriptures.
Source : Wikipedia
Visiting hours : 10.30AM to 01.00Pm and 2.15PM to 05.30PM ( Monday to Saturday )