St. John's Church

St. John's Church, Meerut

St. John's Church
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Nupursingh
403 contributions
Big place
Sep 2019
This is really good place, not very much known but food to feel the art of god and god in other humans.
Written 30 September 2019
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Daniel Westfield
New Delhi, India290 contributions
Pleasant Visit !
Jul 2019 • Friends
A Really Great Place To visit. It's a Very Beautiful Church with Pleasant English Style Architecture and the environment was really soothing. I would definitely recommend this to everyone for a Great visit.
Written 2 July 2019
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meena1981
Bokaro Steel City, India492 contributions
nice church of british period
Feb 2018 • Friends
The church is made in ancient English style architecture with the seating capacity of 3000 people.It is one of the biggest church in India.It was established by East India Company in 1819.Its inner and outer look is very beautiful.The environment of the area is very peaceful and calm.
Written 23 June 2018
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Nish0901
New Delhi, India1 147 contributions
Good Old Church
Apr 2018 • Solo
I visited this place after Gandhi Bagh/ Company Garden. The church was beautiful and silent. The calmness of the church soothe my heart.
Written 25 April 2018
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AAA
Kanpur, India341 contributions
Touched My Heart
Jan 2018 • Solo
My heart became happy seeing it. St. John's church is very very beautiful, Both inside and outside. Peace is too much. Must visit.
Written 17 January 2018
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Madhulika L
Noida, India3 436 contributions
A historic old church
Dec 2017 • Family
My parents lived in Meerut for close to twenty years, and whenever I visited them, if I happened to be there on a Sunday or a festival such as Christmas, Good Friday or Easter, I would go along with them to the church of which they were members: St John’s Church, in the Meerut Cantonment. Back then (I had last visited perhaps about four year ago), this church was looking a little shabby, its paint peeling and the grass growing tall beneath the mango trees in the large churchyard.

This last December, though, I visited again to attend a function, and was pleased to find that a restoration/renovation project has been carried out to get St John’s back on its feet. Fresh pale-yellow paint with white trim now covers the building (and its clock tower); the windows have been repainted in deep green, and on the inside, new tiles cover the floor. More lights have been added, too.

What really makes St John’s (the full name, as mentioned on the plaque at the gate post, is the St John’s Garrison Church) special is the historicity of it. Built under the aegis of the East India Company, which was then strengthening its base in this part of India, the church’s construction was begun in 1819 and carried on for a further 2 years, being completed in 1921, when it was consecrated, thus making it the oldest British-built church in North India.

That in itself would’ve made St John’s worth a mention. What makes it even more interesting is that it was the scene of a dramatic encounter during 1857. When the Revolt/First War of Independence broke out, rebels attacked the church, with its congregation inside (according to local legend, the fact that the clock on the clock tower is stopped—and you can see what are supposed to be bullet marks in the plaster—means that a bullet hit the clock, stopping it forever at the time the church was attacked).

The congregation of St John’s recovered, and Meerut itself remained an important garrison town, but some changes were implemented to guard against a repetition of the 1857 situation, when the English had been caught offguard. The soldiers now attending church were allowed (even possibly encouraged) to carry rifles, and for this, slots were made in the pews, to allow guns to be placed during mass. Also, a guard house was set up just outside the main building of the church.

The pews with their slots still remain as the side pews. The guard house, which was converted into a toilet, still stands (the actual toilet now, a new one, stands alongside it). And if you spend half an hour or so wandering through the inside of the church, you’ll see dozens of interesting and historic old plaques in memory of people who lived and died in this area over the past two hundred years or so.

Entry to the church is free. Please note that since this is a place of worship, a certain decorum is called for. Sunday service (only in English) is held at about 9 or 9.30 during the summer months and about 10 in the winter.
Written 1 January 2018
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vishusingh859
Moradabad, India223 contributions
good place to visit
Oct 2017 • Solo
The parish church of St John the Baptist is the oldest church edifice in the northern half of India.Some of the graves are more than a century old and contain engraved headstones, carved pillars and some very elegant tombs bordering on antiquity.
Written 29 October 2017
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sjn-george
Washington DC, DC2 contributions
Historical Church
May 2016 • Family
I used to go to this Church during my teenage years. Peaceful and Historical.
Memories abound!!!

I will love to visit again.
Written 3 April 2017
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Fun2shhh
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India22 contributions
Oldest church in North India
May 2016 • Friends
This church is located mainly in meerut.The church building was built from 1819 to 1821 and is the oldest church in North India.This is the best place to visit in meerut.
Written 31 July 2016
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Fundoo007
Pune, India171 contributions
Good during christmas eve
May 2016 • Couples
I went this place on christmas eve and it was so beautiful and lively. You will feel great and full of happiness over here.
Written 29 July 2016
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