Cathedral of the Sacred Heart…Nice Place


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, also called the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Delhi, is a Roman Catholic church designed by Henry Alexander Medd, who was part of Lutyen’s team that designed much of New Delhi. In 2011, the Hindustan Times named the cathedral as one of the icons of the city of Delhi!

The Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic cathedral belonging to the Latin Rite and one of the oldest church buildings in New Delhi, India. Together with St. Columba’s School, and the Convent of Jesus and Mary school, it occupies a total area of 14 acres near the south end of Bhai Vir Singh Marg Road in Connaught Place. Christian religious services are held throughout the year.

Father Luke, a member of the Franciscan first order, founded by St. Francis of Assisi, took the initiative to build the church, and the Archbishop of Agra in 1929 Rev. Dr. E. Vanni laid the foundation stone in 1929 and construction began in 1930. Sir Anthony de Mello donated the main Altar of the Church, which is made of pure marble. The Archbishop of Agra presented a bell, vestments and altar furniture. The project was financed by the colonial officers of the British Empire.

Best Time to Visit

Weather wise, Delhi experiences the best conditions from the months of October to March. The month of January, however, tends to be the coldest, and should be ideally avoided.

One must not miss the two most important celebrations at the church which occur at the time of Easter and Christmas. The church must be visited during the Christmas week to enjoy the tune of jingles and lighted well-decorated trees in the vicinity of the church. The Christmas Vigil Service and the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth are the highlights of the Christmas celebration. It takes place an hour before midnight of the Christmas Eve.

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