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Over 100-year-old Church restored and reopened in Srinagar

Last Updated on December 23, 2021 at 5:02 pm

Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the reopening ceremony of historic St Luke’s Church in Srinagar that has been fully renovated, conserved and opened for the public to offer prayers.

Addressing the gathering through virtual mode, the Lt Governor said that the lost glory of the oldest Church in Srinagar has been restored today.

“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”, observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor said that the St Luke’s Church is a unique symbol of J&K’s composite culture, which was built in 1896 on the southwest slope of Shri Shankaracharya Hill.

The Lt Governor congratulated the citizens of J&K, especially the Christian community and all the artisans involved in the renovation and conservation, besides the officials associated with the Smart City program.  The restoration and conservation work of St Luke’s Church has been carried out under the ‘Smart City Project’. 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 construction of Alter, wooden flooring, seating, window panes, access gate and porch.

India is home to diverse religions and cultures for centuries.  But, despite much diversity, we are living in unity without any discrimination, observed the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor urged the people to inculcate the spirit of social harmony and strengthen the values of brotherhood, peace and selfless service.