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C.S.I Christ Church, Munnar

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Built by the British more than a hundred years ago, C.S.I Christ Church boasts Gothic architecture, elegantly decorated stained glass windows depicting various biblical characters, and an intriguing history. Though small, the building's stone walls, wooden interior, and bronze plaques link the church to the British era. Services are held in English on Wednesdays and Sundays. A visit to C.S.I Christ Church represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Munnar day trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • C.S.I.Christ Church built in 1910 is a Anglican Church a landmark edifice in Old Munnar. The stained glass windows, the gothic style architecture, the granite floors, and the brass plaques; all of.....  more
    C.S.I.Christ Church built in 1910 is a Anglican Church a landmark edifice in Old Munnar. The stained glass windows, the gothic style architecture, the granite floors, and the brass plaques; all of.....  more »
  • The CSI Christ Church of Munnar bears the Christian presence of colonial India. The church is simple but majestic. 
    The CSI Christ Church of Munnar bears the Christian presence of colonial India. The church is simple but majestic.  more »
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  • This beautiful church on the hilltop of Munnar, also known as Kashmir of the South, is an architectural symphony of God's own country.. The history of this church begins with an evening walk of Sir Henry Mansfield Knight and his wife Eleanor Isabel May in November 1894. Eleanor liked this place very much and expressed her wish to be buried on this hilltop after her death. Unfortunately she died on 23rd December 1894, at the age of 24, after contracting Cholera. The family wanted her body to be sent to England but Henry stood strongly to fulfil her wish and buried her on top of this Hill. After her burial, many Britishers as well as locals were buried here. The British people had a wish that they should have a Church here for worship. Rev. E. Noel Hodges, Anglican Bishop visited Munnar in 1898. On April 15, 1900 the cemetery was officially blessed and started a funeral register with Eleanor's name as the first on the list. On December 9th 1900, a special prayer was offered at Eleanor's tomb on behalf Queen Victoria The foundation stone of this church was laid on 10th March 1910 by Sir A. K. Muir Bart, Director in Chief of Finlay Muir and Co. Establishment, in the presence of Missionaries from Colombo. On that occation prayers of the Church of Scotland was performed here. The church is constructed using rough-hewn granites from this place itself, in Gothic style architecture. There are few glimpses of Raman architecture in stained glass windows, sloped roofs, chandeliers etc. The Scottish type church is designed like a Cross. The Bell, Clock, Piano, Altar utensils, Furniture and Stained Glasses were brought from Scotland. Also they planted several varieties of plants brought from Europe in the Church premises. The construction of the church was completed in March 1911 and was opened for divine worship on the Faster day of 16th April 1911 by Rev. W.F.B Hoysted the then priest of this church. Lord Wehington, the British Governor of Madras visited the church in 1922 and offered a grant of Rupees Twenty-five. The Church provided refuge for many during the heavy floods of 1924 in Munnar When the British left, they handed over this church to the Church Of South India, North Kerala Diocese. in 2015, the church came under the geographical area of The CSI Cochin Diocese Virst in 1920 and then in March 1966, finally in March 2021 the roof at the church was replaced. In 2020-21 the church was completely renovated without altering its architectural structure and legacy and was rededicated on 1st May 2021 by The Rt. Rev. B N Fenn, Bishop in CS Cochin Dincese. The speciality of the church is that the outside as well as the inside walls are not plastered with cement mortar. This is the first church having an official graveyard before the construction of the church.
  • This beautiful church constructed in 1911 . It’s architecture with granite stones is attractive and makes this as a tourist spot in Munnar town

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