Christ Church in Shimla

Christ Church, the oldest church in Shimla

Christ Church, the oldest church in Shimla | Photo credit: Gitanjali Banerjee

Christ Church Overview

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Christ Church is the second oldest Roman Catholic Shrine in North India and the oldest in Shimla. Col. J. T. Boileau initiated the construction of the shrine in 1844, which was completed in 1846. The cathedral was consecrated on 10th January 1857 by Bishop Wilson of Calcutta.

Showing off brilliant Neo-Gothic style of architecture, this church has attracted and continues to attract thousands of visitors every year. The nave and chancel of this church are exquisite. The floor is decorated by one central and two side aisles that are flanked with pews.

In the year 1860, Colonel Dumbleton contributed a clock that accentuates the beauty of the church even today. Five exquisite stained glasses in the church represent the Christian Virtues of Faith. You will be amazed to know that the church's Pipe Organ, built in the year 1899, is the biggest in Indian Subcontinent. Paintings and batiks that portray scenes from Jesus Christ's life are other impressive features of the Church.

Heavy snowfall caused a lot of damage to the shrine, dismantling its pinnacles and corroding its walls, in the year 1961. However, it still stands with beatific elegance, owing to considerable restoration and regular maintenance. If you are in search of a serene spot to meditate, pray and relax, this church will be a perfect place of repose.

  • Opening Closing Time 07:00 am – 06:30 pm (Monday – Saturday)(br/> 08:00 am – 11:00 pm (Sunday)(br/>\ Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    For photo enthusiasts, Christ Church is an ideal attraction. The unique Neo-Gothic architecture of the shrine compels every onlooker to click pictures. South Asia's biggest Pipe Organ, 5 exquisite stained glasses and the century-old clock are extraordinary facets of this religious edifice that demand a snapshot.
  • Movie Connect

    The exquisiteness of Christ Church has not only captivated tourists, but has also caught the attention of Bollywood filmmakers. Some scenes in veteran director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black (2005) were shot with this quaint shrine in the frame. Black was a blockbuster hit starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. The scene where Michelle (Rani Mukherjee) is heading for her graduation ceremony has been shot in front of the Church.
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Ridge to US Club, Lakkar Bazar, Shimla, 171001, Himachal Pradesh