Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir’s oldest church renovated on Christmas eve

Saint Lukes church Srinagar. [FPK Photo/ Zainab]

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday said that Saint Lukes Church– one of the oldest in Kashmir– has been fully renovated and opened for the public to offer prayers after three decades.

“Reopening of St Luke’s Church in Srinagar after restoration is a historic occasion to celebrate and imbibe Lord Christ’s message of sacrifice, service, redemption, love, and compassion. Congratulations to all the citizens, especially our Christian brothers and sisters,” the office of Lieutenant Governor JK tweeted today.

Constructed in 1896, the church was renovated by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department under the ‘Smart City Project’ at a cost of Rs 90 lakhs. The renovation work had started in April 2020.

The up-gradation of the surrounding landscape has also been attended to including access to the Church, lighting, and the allied components.

The inside of the Church has also been redone with the construction of Alter, wooden flooring, seating, window panes, access gate, and porch.

The administration informed that the electrification and lighting system has also been redone.


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