Christ Church Overview

Ranked 5 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

Christ Church at the Ridge is the second oldest church in northern India constructed in 1846-1857. Designed by Colonel J. T. Boileau, the Church features a clock on the church tower that was put up in 1860. The porch along with the church was added in 1873.

The church is visible from miles away. Its brass plaques and stained glass windows are an attraction that exhibit faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility. The fresco surrounding chapel window was designed by Rudyard Kipling's father, Lockwood Kipling.

During the regime of the British, officials and laureates of the Raj residing at this town offered prayers at the church on Sundays. The church remains the only worship place for the Christian community in the region.

Situated along with the Municipal Library, the church is open for every day services. The neo-Gothic cathedral is situated beside a mosque.
 

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Rahul Gurnani
30th Dec 17

Must see - Awesome experience

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Chandrika
17th Apr 17

Very peaceful and holy place in Shimla

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17th Apr 17

Ancient Christ church of shimla

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24th Jan 17

Christ church - must visit

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4th Jan 17

Ancient beauty

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2nd Jan 17

Ancient Christ Church

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Sagar Gant
2nd Jan 17

A beautiful church

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18th Feb 18

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19th Dec 17

Good view

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What travellers are saying about Christ Church

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  • Very Good 4
  • Average 3
  • Good 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
Saturday:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
Sunday:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -6:00 PM
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Reviews and Ratings

Navin Singh

Navin Singh4.3/5

91 reviews

Beautiful heritage

It is a beautiful age-old church in Shimla very near to Mall road. It has a limited opening and closing timings so please refer accordingly and go. The surrounding area of the church is developed to great attraction by all means. This place is most exotic place in entire Shimla & one of the best place as well clicking pictures

Jai maggo

Jai maggo5.0/5

1 review

Shilma is a best for Christmas eve.

I like Shimla in a days of Christmas eve because of beautiful snow like white land and Christmas celebration is very good like music and baby santas and decorated tree and everyone wearing Christmas cap it is so beautiful.

Bharati Bhattacharya

Bharati Bhattacharya3.6/5

52 reviews

Good but crowded place!

Church is located right beside scandal point; though it was closed when we reached there at 7pm on good friday.The area remains very crowded as its located in one of the main locations of Shimla (scandal point).There are benches & few sitting arrangements too for visitors to sit & enjoy the cool breeze that blows after evening.There are stairs near the church which can let to reach mall road directly & conveniently.

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  • Good but crowded place!

Rishi Kochhar

Rishi Kochhar2.9/5

89 reviews

Church

British era old style at main Mall road. Towards the picture palace side of mall road. Open for service on Sundays.This place is easy to go with elderly and kids as it's situated on the main mall road itself.
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Sagar Gant

Sagar Gant3.6/5

93 reviews

Church built by British

Christ Church is also one of most visited tourists spot in Shimla as the church is located on the ridge.So every person visiting the ridge will definitely visit the church. No Photography is allowed inside the church after certain distance. The church is degrading now from outside. It is quite an old construction build during the reign of Britishers. People of every age can visit and there is no entry fees. A good amphitheatre is present just outside the church for people to sit and spend some quality time enjoying the views.

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Gaurav Maheshwari

Gaurav Maheshwari4.6/5

27 reviews

Faith drives you here

Faith drives you here, nice place, a calmness sets in once you visit this place. Its right on the Ridge Road still it's peaceful and must visit for all the tourists.

Manish bhatnagar

Manish bhatnagar5.0/5

50 reviews

Neo-Gothic style Church

The Church is the second oldest church in North India and build in 1857. The Church is at the place called Ridge at the end of mall road and near to Lakkar Bazaar. The Church was designed by Col. J. T. Boileau in 1844. The Church is very well-maintained and in good condition. It's one of the important tourists attraction at Shimla.

Abhishek Anand

Abhishek Anand2.9/5

39 reviews

Just another Church

Its famous because its been existing there since ages, nothing great about the church, however we couldn't go inside as it was shut when we reached. Since it's situated at the Mall Road you anyway will see it.

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2881 reviews

A Gothic Church, A Famous Landmark

Dominating the Eastern End Of The Ridge, is the Gothic Church, a famous landmark, constructed in 1846. It was one of the first churches built in North India. Its fine stained glass windows, and impressive organs were acquired, after a period. The fresco around the chancel window was designed by Lockwood Kipling.
  • A Gothic Church, A Famous Landmark
  • A Gothic Church, A Famous Landmark

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta3.9/5

18 reviews

First visit and a great visit

5 of 5 stars from me. What a great experience in my life.This is one of the best oldest church in North India. The Silhouette of Christ Church is visible in Shimla for miles. Daily prayer and so many persons are attending the church and we visited the church on Sunday and it was overcrowded on the day.

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