Monday, June 21, 2010

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St. Andrew's Church stands on the sea-shore at Bandra on the site of a church of the same name, which was built in 1575 (According to the old Gazetteer of Thana District this church was built in 1575 while the Jesuit Report of 1669, refers to St. Andrew's church being built later than that of St. Anne. This report also mentions that the parish of St. Andrew was formed in 1616 since the parish of St. Anne had grown unwieldy and, therefore, an independent parish had to be formed at St. Andrew's to serve the needs of the neighbouring villages.) by the Rev. F. Manuel Gomes, the apostle of Salsette, the superior of the college of the Holy name at Vasai (Bassein). By 1588 Gomes had made 4,000 converts and by 1591 the number had risen to 6,000. Upto 1620 St. Andrew's was the only church at Bandra. Formerly the Church's door was at the west end and opened on the sea-shore. The entrance to the present church which was rebuilt in 1864, is at the east which presents the usually, quaintly ornamented face. The bare walls are surmounted by a steep tiled roof with bell towers at each side, and a figure of St. Andrew stands over the central door.
Information sourced from Maharashtra State Gazetteers

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28 comments:

  1. An informative post and a lovely old church.

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  2. I agree with Martha, a very informative and interesting post and a beautiful old church! Great one for the day!

    Sylvia

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  3. quite an interesting piece of history. great shot.

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  4. were churches welcomed in a Hindu country?

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  5. interesting information..I am getting to know so much about Mumbai through your blog :)

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  6. Amazing history and such a beautiful old church. Very nice composition on your part!

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  7. I quite like going inside churches. I find them quite peaceful.

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  8. Oh god.. thats way old! We preserve such great historical monuments! Thanks for the info :)

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  9. Looks so peaceful there, I love the facade of this church!
    Léia

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  10. Learn something here all the time.

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  11. The yellow walls are a beautiful contrast to the clear blue sky.

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  12. This looks like something you'd expect to see in Goa or maybe Kerala. But in a city the size of Mumbai I imagine you find a little of everything. Nicely captured!

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  13. a great composition, even better with touch of evening lights! great stuff :D

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  14. Beautiful old Church rather quaintly decorated.

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  15. Beautiful image of the church and interesting text. Very informative post.

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  16. nice and good to provide that information!

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  17. even i've heard of st. andrews, it's a pretty famous church in mumbai!

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  18. This reminds me of churches seen in Lisbon (of course!)

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  19. Beautiful old Church rather quaintly decorated.

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  20. This reminds me of churches seen in Lisbon (of course!)

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