Medak, a well populated town is situated 100 KM away from Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. The town is built around a high hillock, which was strongly fortified during the Kakatiya period. Medak fell into oblivion for centuries, but regained its lost glory during the first quarter of this century through the missionary activities of English Wesleyan Methodist Mission , England from 1879, which joined the church of South India Union in1947. Thus what was once a Methodist church is now the Medak Cathedral of Church of South India – seat of Bishop.
An over view
The foundation of cathedral was laid in 1914 and was completed in 1924. The architecture and sculpture are Gothic in style. The Cathedral is considered to be the best in South-East-Asia. It also sees over the bishopric of Medak, which are the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest diocese in the world. The Cathedral was consecrated on 25 December 1924. Rev.C.W.Posnett (Rev.Charles Walker) was the master builder. His burning passion was 'my best for my Lord'. In 1896, when the district was struck by famine, he evolved the 'food for work' programme. The formula was, if villagers contributed to building the church, they could in turn earn food. That set the ball rolling for this renowned Gothic structure and the farmers toiled to erect the church. Some people say that when the cathedral was to be built, the Nizam had one condition, that the church should not be taller than the Charminar.
Thomas Edward Harding was the architect who left no stone unturned in building the cathedral. Tiles from famous potteries were shipped from England for its flooring. Italian workmen from Bombay were hired to lay them. The tile's design is an intricate one in six colours — red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey.
The main tower of the Cathedral is 173 ft high with four pinnacles. The length and width of the Cathedral is 200ft and 100 ft respectively. The mosaic tiles were imported from England and are of six different colours. Italian masons from Bombay were engaged for decorating the flooring. The massive pillars, built with finely henon and well dressed grey stone, support the gallery and whole edifice. They look strong, stately and firm holding up as it were the vast expanse of the ceiling, ribbed in squares o make it look ornamental. The Cathedral can accommodate 5000 people and is one of the biggest in Asia.
Stained glass windows
The tree magnificent stained glass windows depicting different phases in the life of Christ are constructed at different period. The designing of the windows is an excellent example of the workmanship of Sir Frant O Salibury of England. One is sure tobe struck with awe and wonder at the sight of the Cathedral not only for its stupendous size but also for its tnerior splendor.
Religious Significance: The cathedral has become a pilgrim center for people of all faiths. As a place of solace it lifts the spirit to God as manifest in the life of Jesus Christ.
Ahead of Christmas celebrations, this religious Mountain is getting ready to be worshipped b more than one lakh pilgrims to participate in the celebrations on December 25. Devotees from not only the State of AP but also from neighbouring Karnataka and Maharashtra will take part in the celebrations.
Yes Pranita, I fully vouch your contention that the Medak Church is the Asia's biggest church and it is really a marvelous structure to ponder over. This church comes under the purview of Churches of South India or CSI and we are having such big churches in Hyderabad too. The one near the Bolarum Railway station is also very imposing. One more Church which is also run by the CSI diocese is situated at the Tirumulghery and it houses many pilgrims to say prayer in large numbers. Surely such places of worship truly gets us the desired peace.
This artcle is of immense help for the religious person who are seeking to visit such a sacred place. In this article it is well written and beautiful images make it more intresting to read but the content is very short.