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St. James Church in Delhi


Consecrated in 1836, the beautiful St. James Church was said to be an imitation of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Located at the intersection of Church Road and Lothian Road, this church was built by the Colonel James Skinner in a Greek cross design. Once when James Skinner was badly wounded in a war, he prayed to God and vowed that if he escaped death, he would build a church to commemorate his faith in God. Thus he constructed the St James Church.


The grave of James Skinner is located in the complex of St James Church just in front of the altar. Designed in a cruciform plan, the altar of the church faces eastwards and the entrance towards the west. The dome of the church is crowned by a ball and a cross. The center of the church is octagonal with circular columns supporting the dome and the main seating arrangement is at the center of the dome.

How to reach

To reach St. James Church, you can fly down to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. You can either avail of local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, or hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or take the metro rail from Kashmiri Gate Metro station. The nearest railway station is the Old Delhi Railway Station.

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