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Visit to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Lansdowne

by MIC on May 7, 2011

We were on our second day in Lansdowne, Uttarakhand and we were on our way to see St John’s Church.

We kept walking, past our hotel, sometimes going up and sometimes down, zig-zag and round the hills. We reached a place where there were some monkeys, actually langurs, big ones. We didn’t know what to do because they were in our way. Somebody told us it was ok and the monkeys won’t hurt us (not so sure about that).

We had actually planned on stopping at St John’s Church first, and then go to St Marys Church. The people we met on the way also told us the church was very near. So we kept walking, but somehow we missed the first church and reached St Mary’s Church.

First thought in my mind – Old and Beautiful.

St Mary Church

St Mary Church Lansdowne

The place had an old world charm to it and I am a person who is always enthralled whenever I come around any old architecture or old buildings. And this Church, though small made me feel a sense of wonder of how it must have been in those days.

Front of the Church

Front of the Church

The outside was great but what about the inside. I couldn’t wait to get inside. I didn’t know what to expect. AND it was definitely not something I hoped for. No service, no preacher, no prayers, just a show with a projector and some old artifacts of the Garhwal Rifles. (Man, what is this!)

St Mary Church

Church Timings

Though it is no longer a functional Church, it is very well maintained by the Garhwal Rifles. It is also one of the two Catholic Church in Lansdowne. The preaching in the Church had stopped long before Independence. But I felt happy going through the old pictures and reading some of the old stories.

Side View of Church

Side View of Church

In all the building was very grand and I enjoyed looking around the place. I kept wondering what kind of history this place might have had. Inside were some old photographs and pamphlets saying that there had been a Wedding in this church before Independence by the Britishers. Such a wonderful place for such a beautiful act.

Thats Me!!

A very memorable location, that I most definitely will be visiting again. 🙂

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1 Aky May 9, 2011 at 12:34 am

I love hiking too. I will accompany you soon to explore more, in Lansdowne. 🙂

How old is this church ? As you mentioned above, that the preaching was stopped long before independence.

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2 MIC June 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

The construction began in 1895. You can also read a brief history of the church in the picture above where the church timings are shown.

Its a really beautiful structure and I hope to visit more places like this in the future. And it will be great to have a like minded traveler to go with.
So, lets do make some plans for our next trip. 🙂

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