Famous Churches – St Paul Church, Keamari, Karachi, Pakistan


St Paul Church, Keamari, Karachi, Pakistan

St. Paul’s Church is a protestant church, built in 1864 on Manora, Karachi in Sindh, Pakistan. It is situated beside the Manora lighthouse and is managed by the Karachi Port Trust. St. Paul’s was erected as a memorial to Sir Charles James Napier, the British general who lead forces to conquer the Sindh in 1843.

The British forces under General Charles James Napier captured Manora in 1839, as part of their Sindh campaign making it their military base of operations. St. Paul’s, among many other buildings, was erected as a memorial to the British General. When the church was built it was constructed from Manora conglomerate and stone from the Hands’ Hill quarries. It features an early English architectural style, and consists of a nave, without aisles, a vestry and a small assembly hall. The nave is 43 feet in length and 20 feet wide, with a height up to the tie beam of 20 feet. Despite the church’s simple and traditional exterior, the interior features a cathedral style ceiling of wooden trusses. Further references to a gothic style of architecture include the church’s four lancet windows, as well as the three-light stained glass windows at its eastern end. The building was completed within the year and consecrated in the following one (1865). Construction costs totaled 15,000 rupees, of which 4,000 rupees were contributed by the Government. In the early years of St. Paul’s church, the congregation was mostly made up of area residents as well as by the crews of the harbor vessels. It was designed to seat 50 persons with services conducted by one of the Government chaplains of the Karachi station every Sunday. Throughout the church’s long history, alterations have been made to the church, including the original exterior of the church being completely cemented over.

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