St. Paul’s Cathedral

The cathedral is in front of the Bishop’s Palace on Chowringhee Road, in direct line of vision of the edifice of the Victoria Memorial. It is to the east of the Victoria Memorial and at the southern extremity of the maidan, a park.

The building itself stands on the Cathedral Road, on the “island of attractions” in Kolkata – beside the Victoria Memorial, Nandan,Rabindra Sadan theater complex, and the Birla Planetarium.


 

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Anglican cathedral in Kolkata, West Bengal, India noted for its Gothic architecture. It is the seat of the Diocese of Calcutta. The cornerstone was laid in 1839; the building was completed in 1847. It is said to be the largest cathedral in Kolkata and the first Episcopal Church of Asia. It was also the first cathedral that was built in the overseas territory of the British Empire. The edifice stands on the Cathedral Road on the “island of attractions” to provide for more space for the growing population of the European community in Calcutta in the 1800s.

Following the 1897 earthquake and the subsequent massive earthquake of 1934 when Calcutta suffered substantial damage, the cathedral was reconstructed to a revised design. The architectural design of the cathedral is “Indo-Gothic”, a Gothic architectural style that was built to meet the climatic conditions of India. The cathedral complex has a library, built over the western porch. The cathedral has a display of many Plastic art forms and memorabilia.

Apart from Bishop Daniel Wilson, the founder of the cathedral, the other notable burial in the church is that of John Paxton Norman, an acting Chief Justice who was assassinated.


 

 

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