All Saints Cathedral Prayagraj

All Saints Cathedral Prayagraj
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

All Saints Cathedral, Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines, Prayagraj, U.P.

Open & Close:

Open on all days
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Entry Fees:

Free

Duration:

Approx 30 Minutes

Significance :

Anglican Christian Church

The All Saints Cathedral, a United Protestant cathedral, is one of the prominent historical & religious monuments in Prayagraj. It is a structure of whitish sandstone a modified Norman church structure, considered to be one of the finest. The use of local sandstone, which gives the cathedral its colloquial name "Patthar Girjaghar" or Stone Church, adds a distinct Indian touch to the predominantly Western design. This fine example of Gothic architecture dominates the landscape with its spires, turrets, flying windows and stained glass windows imported from Argentina and supported by red and white stones. The design reflects the Gothic Revival style, characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses. It is situated near the Prayagraj railway station at the crossing of Mahatma Gandhi Marg and Sarojini Naidu Marg.

Established during the British colonial era, the cathedral belongs to the Church of North India. The Protestants come under the Lucknow diocese. The responsibility of designing the All Saints Cathedral was entrusted in 1871 to Sir William Emerson, a British architect who also designed Crawford Market in Mumbai, Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and Muir Central College in University of Allahabad. The land for the construction of cathedral was provided by Sir William Muir, the then lieutenant governor of the North Western Provinces. In 1887, his wife Elizabeth Huntly Wemyss laid the foundation stone of this remarkable building. The construction of cathedral was completed four years later. The cathedral, 240 feet long and 56 feet wide, can accommodate 400 persons. Its nave is 130 feet long and 40 feet wide. The cathedral is 31 meter high and spread over 1250 sq meter area.

The cathedral's façade is a striking example of Victorian Gothic architecture, characterized by pointed arches, intricate tracery, and a harmonious combination of pointed towers and spires. Upon entering the cathedral, one is immediately captivated by the impressive nave, flanked by rows of towering columns. The soaring height of the nave, accentuated by ribbed vaults, creates a sense of awe and reverence. The stained glass windows, another notable feature, depict biblical scenes and saints, casting a kaleidoscope of colors that dance across the interior as sunlight filters through. The chancel, located at the eastern end of the cathedral, is adorned with intricate woodwork and finely crafted altar pieces. The ornate pulpit and lectern stand as testament to the craftsmanship of the artisans who contributed to the cathedral's construction. The meticulous detailing in these elements reflects the attention paid to both form and function. The interior of All Saints Cathedral is further enriched by a collection of religious artifacts and memorials. Elaborate plaques and dedications commemorate individuals who played significant roles in the cathedral's history, contributing to the sense of community and continuity.

A remarkable aspect of All Saints Cathedral is its bell tower, crowned with a distinctive spire that pierces the sky. The tower houses a set of bells, each with a unique tone. The cathedral's exterior is adorned with numerous gargoyles and grotesques, adding a touch of whimsy to the solemnity of the structure. These sculpted figures, often depicting mythical creatures and fantastical beings, serve both as decorative elements and as functional rainwater spouts. The surrounding gardens and pathways leading to the cathedral provide a serene setting. Lush greenery and well-maintained landscaping contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal, inviting visitors to stroll through the grounds and appreciate the architectural masterpiece in a tranquil environment.

One notable feature is the memorial chapel dedicated to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War-I. The names of the fallen soldiers are engraved on marble plaques, serving as a poignant reminder of the cathedral's connection to global events. The All Saints Cathedral in Prayagraj, thus, stands as a masterpiece of architectural ingenuity, seamlessly blending Victorian Gothic elements with Indian craftsmanship. Its soaring spires, intricate detailing, and cultural resonance make it a symbol of both religious devotion and historical richness. As visitors wander through its hallowed halls and gardens, they are transported through time, experiencing the grandeur of an architectural gem that has withstood the test of time. A visit to All Saints Cathedral can be included in Prayagraj tour packages.

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