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St Marys Church Varanasi

Varanasi is one of the major tourist destinations of Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is predominantly Hindu pilgrimage city. However Varanasi is having its own share of Mosques, Churches and Gurudwaras to cater to the needs of all faiths. Churches in Varanasi were mostly built during the British Rule. St. Mary’s Church is one of the examples of fine architecture. The church is situated at a distance of about two kms from the railway station. St. Mary’s church was visited by Queen Elizabeth II during her tour of India in the year 1960. Annie Besant turned atheist in later life; however, she had visited this church before. Monuments of British soldiers, who lost their lives in action, are housed in the church, giving the building a historical touch.


St. Mary’s Church is one of the oldest churches in North India. The church was built to fulfill religious needs of Christians, mainly of British origins, of Varanasi. The church was established in 1810 by Reverend George Weatly, an English officer. It was essentially a garrison church used as a place of worship by the British army and members of the other European community residing in nearby places. Church of India became a trustee of this church after independence in 1947. Finally, it merged with CNI in 1970.

Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has undertaken the task of restoring the glory to the structure through detailed planning and repairing work.


The edifice of St. Mary’s Church is eye catching. It has some distinct features, not found easily in similar structures. Louvered doors and hooded ventilation are unique features of this church. This architectural style was ideally suited for the tropical climate of Varanasi.  Three louvered doors are stationed beneath plain cornices.  A rectangular fanlight is placed above each doorway. The fanlight is protected by a plain timber canopy. Glare of direct sunlight entering inside the worship area is prevented by this simple arrangement. The structure has a low tower and spire. A projecting portico gives unique perspective to the whole structure. The overall effect of the architectural style is creation of serene ambience.

How to Reach

Varanasi is a huge attraction for tourists. All modes of road transport within the city are available. Visitors can use their own discretion.

By Road

Varanasi is a major city of north India and an important tourist destination. The city is connected to all important locations in India through a fine network of national highways and state highways. State capital of Lucknow is about 314 kms from Varanasi.

By Airport

Varanasi has an International airport. Many international flights to and from neighboring countries are operational. Numerous domestic flights connect Varanasi to all major tourist destinations in India.

By Bus

The state of Uttar Pradesh has a wide network of roadways, which connect Varanasi to all other towns and cities in north India. Regular buses and luxury buses ply on all routes.

By Train

Varanasi is well connected to rest cities in India through a good railway network. Every day scores of trains arrive and depart from Varanasi. Visitors would find it convenient to travel.

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