Christ Church, Rawalpindi.

Christ Church, Rawalpindi. 1852. Christ Church was designed as the place of worship for the large British garrison in Rawalpindi. The interior is full of marble and brass commemorative plaques to all those who died in action, or more often from fever, in the campaigns on the North West Frontier of India from the 1850s to the 1940s. The church was built in 1852 and has recently been refurbished. The plasterwork render has been removed from the exterior walls and rather garish new roof-tiles fitted. The church is beautifully maintained by the small Christian community which nonetheless packs the church each Sunday. Only about 2 percent of Pakistanis are Christian and the sense of being such a small minority acts as a unifying force. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Last modified 27 September 2014