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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Delhi

Location: 0.5 Kilometers from Connaught Place, near Gol Dak Khana, New Delhi on the roundabout where Ashoka Road meets Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Famous as: Main Catholic Church
Time to Visit: Open on all days
Preferred timings: During the morning and evening during prayer services.
Admission: Free and open to all.
How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this sacred monument, which is located near the Connaught Place (CP), the heart of the city, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro. From CP one can take a stroll to this sacred site.
Photography charges: nil (permission required)
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour

Located near the Gol Dak Khana, New Delhi, a landmark post office on the roundabout where Ashoka Road meets Baba Kharak Singh Marg, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is one of the most important Catholic Churches of the capital. Henry Medd designed the church, though initially eight architects were invited to submit plans for the new cathedral. The members of the panel of judges included Sir Edwin Lutyens and Father Luke, the driving force behind the construction of this beautiful cathedral. He was from the Franciscan First Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) to lead a life based completely on the idea of brotherhood living in simplicity. The 14 acres of land, which form the cathedral grounds, were acquired in 1920 for just Rs 7000, upon a perpetual lease with a yearly rental of Rs 365. Today the cathedral stands between two schools, Saint Columba’s and Convent of Jesus and Mary.

Rev Dr. E. Vanni, Archbishop of Agra in 1929, laid the foundation stone of the cathedral and the construction began in 1930. Sir Anthony de Mello donated the main altar of the church, which is made of pure marble. His grace the Archbishop of Agra presented the bell, vestments and altar furniture.

Special Event / Annual Event: The Cathedral organizes functions on certain days of the year. Prayers are held in the morning and evening every day. The major ceremonies held at the cathedral are Easter and Christmas, while normal church services are held during the rest of the year. The most important of the festivities during Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Christmas vigil service, an hour before midnight on Christmas Eve. Various cultural and social programmes are also organized round the year. For details contact the local authority in Miriam Bhavan .

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir

Nearby Places to Eat: Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam's Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Nirula's, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day and innumerable roadside foodstalls.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Connaught Place offers everything from jewelry, books, art, leather goods and a wide choice of Indian and international clothes stores. Central Cottage Industries Emporium has Indian handicrafts and curios. Baba Kharak Singh Marg houses the emporia of all the states of India, dedicated to each state's unique art and craft created by traditional and skilled artisans. Janpath offers clothes, low priced gifts and souvenirs and Palika Bazaar offers a wide range of electronic items.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04