A little-known, but phenomenal church situated a short distance away from Ooty, calls for our attention.
Ooty, home to one of the three heritage rail tracks, is known for its many splendor things. Among them are its historical buildings, and more specifically, the churches. For the more religiously inclined and even the die-hard history lovers, a trip to see the architectural elegance of the two churches, namely St.Stephen’s Church and St. Thomas Church, among seven others, is a must. However, there’s another little-known, but phenomenal church situated a short distance away from Ooty, that calls for our attention.
The Church of The Ascension at Lovedale is situated within the premises of the well-known 158-year-old Lawrence School. This lovely little church was built a good 56 years after Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, who founded and established The Lawrence School in Ooty, including the two at Sanawar in 1847 at Sanawar, at Mount Abu in 1856, and at Ghora Gali, Murree (located in present-day Pakistan) in 1860. The school in Ooty was the third to be constructed in 1858.
According to The Hindu, On October 5, 2011, the church celebrated 100 years of the laying of the foundation stone of the church. It was effected by Sir Arthur Lawley, who was the Governor of Madras in 1911. The special service was solemnized by the then Lord Bishop of Madras. In May 1914, the church was finally consecrated on Ascension Day, which is believed by Christians to the day Jesus Ascended into Heaven.
The Church of The Ascension is a remarkable heritage building that displays breathtaking gothic architecture. Inside the church is a stained glass altar panel which portrays the central theme of the church–the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.
Another striking feature of this Church is its majestic Great Pipe Organ which was installed in 1918 and is one among the many Churches comprising some of the oldest pipe organs in India.
So while you sip the famous Ooty tea, take a bite of the chocolate, walk in the touristy rose garden, and ride on the heritage Nilgiri rail, make sure visit this 105-year old petite church located in the lap of The Lawrence School at Lovedale in case you plan to visit Ooty for the Go Heritage Run taking place on the 29th May 2016.
Note – the date of GHR Ooty was incorrectly mentioned as 22 April earlier, we regret the confusion caused.