Famous Churches – The Medak Cathedral, Medak City, Andhra Pradesh,India


The Medak Cathedral, Medak City, Andhra Pradesh
The Medak Cathedral, Medak City, Andhra Pradesh, India

The Medak Cathedral, Medak City, Andhra Pradesh was built with love and crafted to perfection. Thomas Edward Harding, the architect, left no stone unturned in constructing this Cathedral. Built on a broad scale in pure white granite, this gothic style structure is one of the largest and one of the best churches in the country. The church with its immense beauty was sanctified on 25th December 1924 and took ten years to be completed. As the legend goes this church was carved out of a famine that struck Medak during World War I. In 1896, when the district was struck by famine, Rev. Charles Walker Posnett, a missionary, evolved the ‘food for work’ programme. If villagers contributed to building the church, they could in turn earn food. It took ten continuous years to complete this beautiful piece of architecture. With its massive dimensions the church can accommodate as many as 5000 people at a time. For the floor, tiles from famous potteries were shipped from England. Italian workmen were brought from Bombay to lay them. The tile’s design is an intricate one in six colours — red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey. The marble on the chancel floor and the reredos behind the Holy communion is from Italy. What sets the Church apart are the three stained glass windows, created by Sir Frank O’ Salisbury of London. The tower is 173 feet high, with four pinnacles. The Medak Cathedral has enough space to accommodate 5000 people at a time.

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