Where To Go For Midnight Mass In Kolkata On Christmas Eve

 Saint Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata
Saint Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata

St Paul's Cathedral, Cathedral Road

The most famous church in Kolkata was&nbspdesigned by William Nairn Forbes, a graduate of East India Company&rsquos Military school of Addiscombe and&nbspbuilt in 1847 in a Gothic Revival style&nbspwith Indo-Saracenic elements. Inside, the white walls and high ceilings host a variety of dedicatory tablets, statues, artefacts, and paintings. The church is situated in the central hub of the city and surrounded by a large garden. At Christmas, the whole cathedral and the surrounding area is decorated with lights to herald the beautiful Anglican ceremony.

St John's Church, RN Mukherjee Road

Built in 1784, St John's is one of the oldest churches in Kolkata. It was a cathedral a long time back, and among the first public buildings that were built by the East India Company in Kolkata&nbspon land donated to Governor Warren Hastings by Maharaja Nabo Kishen Bahadur. While you are there for the mass, look out for the painting of the Last Supper by Johann Zoffany,&nbspa German neoclassical painter&nbspwho is said to have replaced the faces of the apostles with that of members of Kolkata&rsquos high society. 

Old Mission Church, Misson Row

Built in the 1770s, this slightly dilapidated church is known to be the oldest surviving one in Kolkata. Its altar has stained glass art which depicts the life of Christ. Of note is the vintage pipe organ which came from Europe and is still in use.

Christ The King Church

One of the  biggest churches in Kolkata, the church can accommodate nearly five hundred people. It is one of the most popular places for midnight Christmas mass. The church holds mass in English, Bengali, Hindi and other languages. 

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Barabazar, Kolkata

Built in 1799, this&nbspchurch is also known as Murgihata Church or the Portugese Church.&nbspLook out for the sculptures of the Stations of The Cross.

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