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St. Stephen Church

One of the oldest churches in the Nilgriri region, the St. Stephen Church is a beautiful mélange of ancient and modern architecture. Situated in Ooty, the church was built exclusively for the British settled there. The beautiful stained glass windows in a mystical woodland setting are what make the church standout, hence attracting tourists. The entire church was built using high quality wood, and the timber used in the church was taken from Tipu Sultan’s palace on the island of Srirangapatna.

The church has an unusual feature of four ‘hammer’ like structures, tied on inverted-V shaped wooden planks using wires. When pulled from the floor, the wires produce musical sound. It is impossible not to be drawn by the magical fairytale like appearance of the church.

The clock tower that reaches up from the main entrance is among the major attractions of the church. Although not small in stature, the church is dwarfed by the dense pine forest that surrounds the building on either side.

The popular attractions of the St. Stephen Church are its exquisite wooden architecture, the painting of ‘Last Supper’, its stained glass windows depicting the various scenes like the crucifixion of Christ, and Mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.

As you make your way past the thick wooden door and into the central vault, the most noticeable features of the interior are the huge beam along the ceiling. These are from the palace of Tipu Sultan and were dragged 75 miles (120 kilometers) by elephants to be fitted here.

St.Stephen’s Church continues to captivate tourists and is one of the chief attractions of Ooty. A visit to this wonderful house of worship is a great experience.

Timing and Entry Fees
Church TimingsThe visiting hours are from 10 am to 1 pm and 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm each day.
On every Sunday, there is service from 8.00 am to 11:00 am.
The church is open every day and there are no entry charges.

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