The lofty St Paul’s Cathedral is impossible to miss if you are anywhere near Maidan in Kolkata. I had been here when still a student almost 15 years ago. Jayant hadn’t. That surprised me, for he would visit Kolkata every year during his summer holidays when in school. And so I vowed to take him here and show him the majestic church and it’s beautiful grounds.
Perhaps one of the first churches in India, St Paul’s Cathedral has seen India from the times of the British colony to the present day India, and has kept its doors open to its ever-changing faithfuls.
Here are some information that you will find handy incase you plan to visit this Church when in Kolkata:
How to Reach St’ Paul’s Cathedral (Kolkata)? Built in the beautifully landscaped green-zone of Kolkata, St Paul is close to Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetorium, Rabindra Sadan, Nandan. You could take a taxi or simply walk. Take the metro to reach Maidan or Rabindra Sadan. Or take the ever-so-romantic tram. Once in the streets, anybody will point to you the Church. We suggest you walk.
St Paul’s Cathedral’s (Kolkata) Timings: Over the weekdays, the Chruch is open from 9 am to 12 noon, and again from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Mass Timings @St Paul’s Cathedral’s (Kolkata):The Christmas Mass is famous in the Cathedral and draws devotees from all over Kolkata and outside. It is held at 8 am on the morning of Christmas. The New Year Eve’s mass is also a very big draw and upon enquiring we found that this year, New Year’s eve is be celebrated as the New Year’s Eve on the Labyrint. There would be a Labyrinth Walk in the Great Hall at 5:00 pm, followed by the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Labyrinth in the Great Hall at 7pm. On New Year’s Day (January 1), the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) will take place at the Chapel at 10 am.
Happy 2014 to all of you!!!