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St. John's Church, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Find out about the history and religion of the British in Hindustan through St. John's Church, the third-oldest church in India. The church, first being a cathedral, was among the first objects commissioned by the East India Company, after Kolkata became the capital of British India. See the tall columns which frame the temple on its sides, the floor made of a rare marble with blue-grey color, and large stained glass windows which allow the sunlight to be filtered in colors, adding to the atmosphere of reverence and tranquility. Observe the burial sites of famous British governor and merchant families. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to St. John's Church by using our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip generator.
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  • Tucked away in a little niche of the banking and governmental zone of the CBD is this quaint well maintained church of days gone by. It is the resting place of many a noble Englishman and soldier, mos...  more »
  • It is very beautiful church. Looks very beautiful from both inside and outside. Best place to do prayers.  more »
  • Really interesting and full of stones from the colonial age. The monument to the black hole of Calcutta is worth seeing and also the first office of the East India company.  more »
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  • Excellent church to feel eternal love and peace. The famous church is located centrally to be viewed from normal traffic. Good place and good atmosphere.
  • Nice place. Very quiet. This place has magic in it
  • This is a hidden gem of Calcutta. The church is built on a cemetery and so, you can find some interesting people in there. The most famous of them all--Job Charnock, once considered to be the founder of Calcutta. Then, Lady Canning, one of the most prolific women artist in British India and the wife of Lord Canning. Legend has it that the famous bengali sweet 'ledikeni' was named after her. The burial ground also has the infamous Black hole Memorial of Calcutta. Black hole was a small room in Fort William in Calcutta, where Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah 's army held British prisoners of war. They were eventually killed. The burial ground also has the 2nd Rohila war Memorial. The interiors of the church is beautiful and needs a little touch up. Inside, the most interesting piece is a painting of the 'The Last Supper' by Johann Zoffany. It is not an exact replica of Da Vinci's masterpiece but close with an Indian touch. The models of the painting were eminent personalities from Calcutta during Zoffany's time. The most interesting plaque on the walls is on James Achilles Kirkpatrick, the central character of William Darlymple's best-selling book, "The White Mughals".
  • A very nice church place... Though it is for christians any religion person can go to it
  • Nice historic building but unfortunately not well maintained.