St Paul’s Cathedral
“The first Episcopal Church in Asia” is the best way to describe an Anglican Cathedral located in West Bengal known as “St Paul’s”. This “Gothic architecture” based cathedral is situated in the city of Kolkata on Chowringhee Road. In addition, this cathedral is also considered to be the seat of the “Diocese of Calcutta”. Furthermore, the construction of this beautiful church first began in 1839 when the foundation stone was laid, and was finally completed in 1847. Furthermore, the construction of this cathedral was undertaken by a bishop called Daniel Wilson.
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a. Best time to visit the St Paul’s Cathedral
The ideal time to travel to this wonderful temple is in between October to March when the climate in the “City of Joy” i.e. Kolkata is usually very pleasant with, the temperature ranging a maximum of about 11 degrees Celsius to a minimum of about 9 Celsius degrees.
b. How to reach St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Howrah in Kolkata. The Howrah Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this cathedral then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar
There is one route from Bhubaneshwar to this cathedral, and it is via NH16.
- Via Cuttack:
There is one route from Cuttack to this cathedral, and it is via NH16.
- Via Puri:
There is one route from Puri to this cathedral, and it is via NH16.
- Via Patna:
There is one route from Patna to this cathedral, and it is via NH19.
- Via Kolkata:
There is one route from Kolkata to this cathedral, and it is via AJC Bose Road Flyover.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the St. Paul’s Cathedral
The intention behind building this splendid cathedral was to replace the existing St John’s Church which had become small for a growing European community, which by 1810 comprised of a about 4,000 British men and 300 women. It all began in 1819 when on the request of the then Governor of Bengal Marquess of Hastings an architect by the name of William Narin Forbes first produced a “blue print” with regards to constructing this cathedral. Unfortunately this proposed plan was rejected due to the high cost involved. It was then proposed by a bishop called Middleton that this cathedral should be constructed in an area in Kolkata known as the “Five Court”. Tragedy struck though in 1922 when Middleton died before having executed his plans to construct this cathedral. This was followed by unfortunate deaths of three more bishops named Herber, James, and Turner well before the construction of this cathedral could be executed. It was eventually then in 1832 that under the stewardship of Bishop Daniel Wilson that the proposed plan was not only revived but also accomplished eventually in 1847.