Afghan Church, Mumbai – A British legacy

The Church of St John the Evangelist better known as Afghan church is located in Navy Nagar in the Colaba area of Mumbai. This Anglican Church was built by the British to commemorate the dead of the First Afghan War and the disastrous 1842 retreat from Kabul.

When we entered the church compound it gave a deserted look. But we could locate the care taker of the church in the nearby cottage who with reluctance agreed to open the doors of the church for us to see. But the grumpy guy refused to switch on the lights inside so we could not take good pictures of the interior of the church.

The foundation stone of the church was laid in December 1847 by Sir George Russell Clerk, Governor of Bombay. The church was consecrated on January 7, 1858 by Bishop of Bombay, John Harding. The imposing edifice was constructed using locally available buff-coloured basalt and limestone. Wide gothic arches and beautiful stained glass windows, decorates the interior of the church. The floor tiles were imported from England.

This church is a Grade I, heritage structure. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Remembrance Sunday service at the church during their visit to Mumbai in November 2013.

Afghan Church - Sign Board
Afghan Church – Sign Board
Afghan Church - Sign Board
Afghan Church – Sign Board
Afghan Church - Front View
Afghan Church – Front View
Afghan Church - the view of the bell tower
Afghan Church – the view of the bell tower
Afghan Church - The main door
Afghan Church – The main door
Afghan Church - another door
Afghan Church – another door
Afghan Church - A memorial in the church compound
Afghan Church – A memorial in the church compound
Afghan Church - A view from the back side of the church
Afghan Church – A view from the back side of the church
Afghan Church - Interior
Afghan Church – Interior
Afghan Church - Interior
Afghan Church – Interior
Afghan Church - The altar
Afghan Church – The altar
Afghan Church - The original stained glass designs
Afghan Church – The original stained glass designs
Afghan Church - Interior
Afghan Church – Interior
Afghan Church - Interior
Afghan Church – Interior
Afghan Church - Interior
Afghan Church – Interior
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