Standing amidst the cacophony of Old Delhi, St. Stephen’s Church is an architectural masterpiece of mid-19th century and also a holy abode of Jesus Christ. Situated on the Church Mission Road in Old Delhi, St. Stephen’s Church is counted amongst the highly revered religious places in Delhi. Throughout the year, the church is visited by numerous devotees from far and wide. Being one of the oldest churches in Delhi, St. Stephen Church is standing with pride in the region. Throughout the year, the church observes a number of festivals and celebration. Amongst those, Christmas is one significant festival which marks a large presence of visitors, both locals and tourists, from far and wide. Apart from this, the events at the St. Stephen’s Church include Easter, Palm Sunday, and Feast Day. Despite being more than 100 years old, the architecture of the church still looks so fresh and beautiful that one could easily fall in love with this place with a sight of it. The church was actually built in 1862 by the society of Anglican Mission Society, however, it was later supported by Cambridge Mission to Delhi who played an important role in setting up St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. The church’s complex also includes the very famous St. Stephen’s College and St. Stephen’s Hospital. Besides, the entire edifice is built of red stone which has an interesting story behind its reason. As per the folklore, once a saint was murdered during the 1857 revolt and his blood was everywhere on his body. This awful incident is associated with the red colour of the building which can be seen in church, school as well the history. The popular Christian shrine in Delhi is situated in such a beautiful location where you can find more such colonial buildings and architectures.
As mentioned on the board placed outside the church, St. Stephen’s Church is a large Romanesque Shrine. It boasts a typical Gothic style of architecture supported by a series of pilasters that forms an arcade on both sides along with intricately carved columns made up of sandstone. Besides this, the church also has decorated walls and ceilings that perfectly compliment the stained-glass windows, which is one of the major highlights of the church. Apart from this, the interior of the church is also beautifully furnished and is adorned with pictures, motifs, elegant furniture, and beautiful carvings.
Fatehpuri, Church Mission Road, Katra Ghel, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, New Delhi - 110006
The services of the church start from 6 in the morning, daily.
How to Reach?
In order to reach the church, take Huda City Centre-Jahangirpuri metro and get down at Chandni Chowk. From the station, the church is located at a distance of 1 km which you can either cover by hire an auto or can also choose to walk down to the destination. Chandni Chowk Metro lies on Yellow Line Metro.
Best Time to Visit
Since the church remains open all days, hence, one can visit it at any time during a year. However, the time of Christmas is considered the ideal time to visit St. Stephen’s Church in Old Delhi. On Christmas, the church thronged with numerous visitors and also get lighten up with beautiful decorations and lights.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Around St. Stephen’s Church, there are a number of tourist attractions where you can visit after exploring the church.
- Jama Masjid
- Lal Quila (Red Fort)
- Chandni Chowk Market
- Chawri Bazar
- Nicholson Cemetery
- Mahatma Gandhi Park
- Khari Baoli Market
- Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
- Salimgarh Fort
- St. James Church