St Michael's Cathedral, Shimla, India
St Michael's Cathedral, Shimla

St Michael's Cathedral

Henry Irwin

1885

Dressed grey stone

Ripon Place, Shimla, India

St Michael's Cathedral was built as the Cathedral of St Michael and St Joseph in 1885, when Lord Ripon (a Roman Catholic) was Viceroy. Just off the Mall in present-day Shimla, it was the first Roman Catholic church to be built in the hill station, and served as the cathedral of a new diocese, which now includes Chandigarh. It would have been designed by or under the auspices of Henry Irwin, the then Superintendent Engineer and Architect of the PWD in Simla, who "designed most of the large buildings in the 1880s" (Kanwar 51), including the Ripon Hospital. Pleasingly plain inside, it has a wide nave and two aisles. The beautifully proportioned stained glass window over the altar shows St Francis on the left and St Joseph on the right.

  • Another View: Interior of St Michael's
  • Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee

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