1. St Paul’s Cathedral
Christmas in Kolkata is a magical time. While we do not have white Christmas here obviously (unless you travel up to the hills and are visiting Darjeeling), the Bhalobashar Shohor turns even more prettier. There are Christmas decorations hung up everywhere and fairy lights and Christmas trees adorn every corner. This is the time when every Bengali, irrespective of their religion, visits these churches to soak in the Yuletide spirit. So as you watch the beautiful love stories in the ZEE5 Original Series Bhalobashar Shohor – Pori, Arshinagar, Kolkatar Kobitara and Paramount – let’s take you around the City of Joy and all its historical churches on Christmas 2019!
The first name that comes to mind when you say churches in Kolkata is St Paul’s Church. This towering white structure near Exide crossing is something you won’t be able to miss. The Gothic architecture will make your eyes pop. The midnight mass of this church is quite famous too.
2. St John’s Church
St John’s Church stands tall in one corner of the heritage Dalhousie area. Flanked by heritage buildings, a bus terminal and a business district on all sides, this is the third oldest church of Kolkata and is steeped in history. It was one of the first structures to be built by the East India Company. There are also a lot of memorials inside the compound, such as the memorial of black hole of Calcutta, the second Rohilla war memorial and Lady Canning’s memorial. Don’t miss out the flooring which is made using dark blue black stone.
3. Armenian Church
Armenian Church is the oldest church of Kolkata. This is also referred to as the mother church of all Armenians in India. Even though the number of Armenians in Kolkata has fallen drastically, the church is still maintained well. It boasts of marble interiors, paintings and beautiful frescos.
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