A day in Kasauli is caressed with cool winds, clouds crossing your path and the main square loaded with tourists. On one side of the main square lies a church over a century old!! We started our mid-day with the Sunset point – however sun & the views we re hardly visible because of cloud cover all over. The walk to & fro sunset point was a bit tiring so we decided to head towards the main square for evening tea with snacks in a restaurant located in a quaint corner of the road.
The church is pleasantly located on the entry of the town near the bus depot towards the other side of the main square. The exteriors of the Church gave an easy impression of being centuries old with an astonishing historical touch. The church approximately 163 years old have a beautiful architecture and is oldest in Himachal Pradesh making it a unique attraction for tourists. The building of the church is decorated with mirror work in the windows taking one back to the colonial era of Indian history. These stained glasses for the windows were imported from England during its construction period.
A sundial easily visible is included in the outer walls of the church and the structure deeply bore the resemblance to the Gothic architecture. The image of Jesus Christ depicting the crucifixion are also placed just beneath the stained glass work. The church inaugurated its divine services in 1853’s while being glorified as a holy place in 1857 by the Authority of Bishop of Calcutta. During 1970’s the church came under the regulation of Church of North India (CNI) – the diocese of Amritsar. The church is surrounded by a cemetery with some graves going back to as long as 1850’s. Tourists are expected to follow some rules to not to make loud noises and also remove shoes before entering the holy church (just like Hindu Temples).
The outside of the church contains beautiful small park with greenery and lovely flowers and even benches are placed here for tourists to sit & enjoy the scenic beauty of the hill station.
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– The Wanderer