ST. MARY’S CHURCH- A STUDY ON THE LIVING HERITAGE MONUMENT IN CHENNAI

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Karolia Jansi Rani

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 St. Mary's Church is the first and the oldest Anglican Church in Asia, also called as the 'Westminster Abbey of the East”. It is one of the ancient monument buildings of Chennai. It is also considered as the oldest Anglican Church east of Suez and has been named as St. Mary because its origin was laid down on the Annunciation day of the Virgin Mary. The most special feature of the church is the high tower that is visible from a long distance. The church was originally built by William Dixon and designed by Edward Fowle. It is a bomb-proofed carved structure, which has the finishing touch of polished lime. The building of St. Mary's church had some later additions like the Sanctuary, Steeple, Tower and the Vestry. The tower was completed in 1701, a steeple added in 1710. The Archaeological Survey of India undertook the maintenance of the St. Mary’s Church and declared it as a Historical Monument in 1949.

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