cathedral restored for upcoming 300th anniversary | mumbai news - times of india

by:Runcheng Chuangzhan     2019-08-13
Mumbai: more than 700 worshippers arrived at St. Thomas\'s Cathedral in Ford for thanksgiving Mass on Saturday.
The iconic Anglican first-class Church, the city\'s oldest British-era building, will celebrate its 300 anniversary in December 25.
The beautiful building has recently been reopened after a comprehensive restoration.
St. Thomas Cathedral is the oldest British building in the city.
This is the zero point where the pin falls on \"Pomba\" and from there the distance of the city is measured by milestones.
The name of the church is this church.
St. Thomas was inaugurated at 1718 Christmas and will celebrate its 300 anniversary on December 25.
This is the main Anglican place of worship in the city where the bishop presides over Christmas services.
Pastor Avinash Rangayya welcomed the bishops of various Christian factions from Mumbai and Gujarat.
Visitors marvel at the beautiful fountains, raw wood liberated from paint layers, eye-catching carvings and stained glass.
Dr. Kamal Jadhav, member of the International Centennial Committee, said the structure needs to be fully repaired.
UNESCO and urban heritage welcomed its conservation efforts over the past decade or so.
Swati Chandgadkar also worked on stained glass.
In September 28, when the Cathedral was opened to visitors at a special music concert, Sheetal Gandhi, the conservation architect in charge of the restoration, was praised.
Gandhi has prepared a conservation plan that includes the restoration of exterior and interior buildings, which are actually the entire site.
She said, \"there are a lot of problems, including stains on the stone facade, water seepage, broken building details, damage to the floor and ceiling, damage to the plaque, damage to the doors and windows and panels, and exposure to the wires.
\"The project is carried out in stages, from roof waterproofing, facade cleaning, internal lime plastering and removal of thick paint layers from the stone surface.
All the elements of the building have been restored, restoring the glory it has lost.
Gandhi said, \"the team, including the contractor\'s Savani heritage, restored the damaged details, whether it was a brass patterned flower on the gate or a limestone Griffith at the entrance.
We replaced the missing black granite columns and diluted carving details in the back of the building, behind the apse end and in the fountain.
\"Every tourist will stop to admire this beautiful fountain that has been in disrepair for a long time.
It works now because the water system is charged.
The old rusty copper pipe was replaced and the electrical equipment was upgraded.
The fountain is now lit and can be enjoyed at night. \"Layers of age-
Scrape old paint from wooden doors, windows and furniture to reveal the original surface.
A new polished coating helps reveal the original wood texture.
The site was upgraded with new road laying and landscaping.
\"We may have facade lighting and solar panels installed in the future,\" Gandhi said . \".
In addition to the generous donors, Jadhav paid tribute to president Solomon Raj and president of the cathedral restoration School, Mela Isak.
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