Mumbai’s Afghan Church | Steeple chase

Despite its familiarity with the prominent British era edifices in South Mumbai, the broader public is only now becoming cognizant of a certain Anglican church nestled in the city’s extremity within the Colaba military quarter, brought to attention by its recent revival. Constructed over an eleven-year period starting in 1847, the Church of St John the Evangelist, widely referred to as the Afghan Church, sparks curiosity amongst many of its city dwellers. “The name ‘Afghan Church’ piques the interest of many in Mumbai – and contrary to what some might guess, it wasn’t erected for Afghans, but rather as a tribute to British soldiers who perished in the first Anglo-Afghan War (1838-42),” shares Bharat Gothoskar, an advocate for heritage awareness and the initiator of Khaki Tours.

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