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St. Andrew's Kirk

With grand columns, elaborate stained-glass windows and elegant décor, this tranquil 19th-century church is one of Chennai’s many striking colonial landmarks.

St. Andrew’s Kirk (St. Andrew’s Church) is one of the many fascinating colonial-era monuments that grace the streets of Chennai. Its architecturally impressive design ranges from a soaring spire to majestic columns and a spectacular dome. St. Andrew’s Kirk dates back to 1818, when building began by and for members of Chennai’s then thriving Scottish community. The neo-classical and Georgian aspects are modeled on London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.

As you approach the church, note the impressive portico entrance, fronted by Corinthian-style columns. Walk around the outside of the church to see superb limestone stucco work, intricate carvings and Latin inscriptions. Look up at the tall bell tower, which is visible from many parts of the Egmore neighborhood.

The church’s well-maintained interior is equally if not more impressive than its exterior. Stand in the center of the nave and gaze up at the elegant blue-painted dome. Supporting the dome is a circle of 16 magnificent Corinthian pillars. Sit on one of the pews and enjoy a moment of peace and tranquility.

Check out the church’s elegant mahogany furnishings and marble checkerboard floor. Admire the sculpted icons that adorn the walls and the colorful stained-glass windows, which portray religious scenes. Go to the main altar to see the 19th-century English-built pipe organ.

The church is a prominent feature of Egmore, a lively and commercial neighborhood close to Chennai’s city center. Reach the site easily via auto-rickshaw, taxi and train. The closest train station is Chennai Egmore, which is a 2-minute walk away. Nearby attractions worth visiting include the Government Museum, a huge art, archaeology and history museum complex.

St. Andrew’s Kirk is open daily. Admission is free and photography is allowed. This is an active church so dress appropriately and respect worshippers. Services in English take place every Sunday. Full details are available on the church’s official website.


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              Hotel Victoria $47
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