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Closed for three decades, Srinagar’s oldest church opens ahead of Christmas

Recently, tourist numbers visiting the hills have increased in the past few weeks.

India is a land of unique adventures and celebrations of different cultures. The Christian population in the Srinagar Valley usually visits the Holy Family Catholic Church. But this very same church saw a decline in the number of worshippers in the early 1990s due to increasing violence.

But fresh news for you all is that one of the oldest churches in Kashmir, Saint Lukes’s church opened up the gates for the public. And this happened almost after three decades. Further development is looked upon after Christmas.

A prayer service was held at the church on Wednesday, before officially opening it up. The church is located near the Chest Diseases Hospital on the foothills of the Shankaracharya hillock in the Dalgate area of Srinagar.

The renovation of the 125-year-old church was initiated and completed by the Jammu and Kashmir tourism department. Also, this whole thing was done under the “Smart City” project started by the government.

‘The Christian community is happy to see the Church being reopened after its renovation.” Said Kennedy David Rajan, the church official.

Even one principal of a private school mentioned that the community was glad that a more than century-old church has been restored to its old glory, and prayers were held thereafter three decades.

Usually, the minuscule Christian population in the Valley visits the Holy Family Catholic Church, a Roman Catholic Church, at M A Road, and the one at Church Lane in Srinagar for Sunday mass and Christmas mass.

There are churches in Baramulla and Gulmarg as well in the valley. But opening up one of the oldest churches was a cherry on the top this Season.


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