The twin cities namely Hyderabad and Secunderabad have innumerable churches mainly present in Abids area known as the heart of the city and the rest in Secunderabad especially near the Clock tower area. Whether you’re a Christian or not, a visit to these beautiful churches of architectural value will mesmerize you with all its beauty and simplicity. Here are some of the frequently visited churches in Hyderabad.
St. George’s Church
I had to mention this particular church at the beginning itself because I’ve been a regular member here since childhood. My Grandmother was the first to visit this church in her younger days and continued with my father and the rest of us. It’s one of the oldest churches and has been certified in the list of heritage buildings in Hyderabad. Though it has been restored and given a new look now, as a personal choice I preferred the older vintage look. The choir is one of the most popular in the city consisting of some soulful singers from all age groups. The service starts at 8:30 am every Sunday and prolongs for about 2 ½ hours. The very famous St. George’s Grammar School and College is associated with it.
Where: King Koti Road, King Koti, Abids, Hyderabad
St. Joseph’s Cathedral
Located very near to St. George’s is the very visually appealing catholic church namely St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In 1869 Fr. Antonio Tagliabue bought a plot in Gunfowndry to build a church, school and a convent which is now famously known as Rosary Convent. I had been to this one in my childhood days with mom and dad and remember how attractive it looked from the outside. The interiors are well done up as well and has a capacity for a large number of people to participate in prayer and worship.
Where: Abids, Gun Foundry, Hyderabad
Centenary Methodist Church
One of the largest churches in Hyderabad, this one is located in nampally and the current structure was built in the seventies. It’s a Protestant Church and the service usually starts around 7:30 am every Sunday and has evening service as well. They conduct services in English, telugu and kannada languages.
Where: Chapel Road, Nampally, Fateh Maidan Lane, Mahesh Nagar Colony, Abids, Hyderabad
All Saints Church
Situated in Trimulgherry, this stunning church was built in the 18th century under the British Colonial rule and was mainly attended by the army people. It is now under the auspicies of the CSI (Church of South India) and has converted into a tamil Anglican church with services rendered in English and tamil languages every week. It’s got a stained glass altar with Christ on the Holy Cross and looks extremely wonderful.
Where: All Saints road, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad
Millenium Methodist Church
Previously just a small chapel built in 1883, it was then demolished in the new millennium (2001) for a larger structure as the Methodists in the city were increasing in number and hence got it’s name. it’s mainly a youth church with many youngsters attending and conducting events and services every week. The plays here during Good Friday/Easter and Christmas are a must watch for its breath taking performances by the youth. Every single detail is taken well care of and is so organized. Food stalls and play areas are put up during this period and is very popular in the city.
Where: SD Road, Regimental Bazaar, Shivaji Nagar, Secunderabad
St. John’s The Baptist Church
One of the oldest churches in the city, famously known as St. John’s was built in 1813. It was originally attended by the British forces but now is an Anglican church attended by many Christians residing in the city.
Where: 10-5-153/24C, E Maredpally Rd, East Nehru Nagar, East Marredpally, Secunderabad
Built in 1916 by the British missionaries, this vintage looking church is located near the famous Clock Tower of Secunderabad. The services here are conducted in English, telugu and tamil every Sunday of the week. One of the prominent churches in the city, it gives you peace and calmness as you sit here to worship the Lord.
Where: 4-3-605,, Tilak Road, Abids, Hyderabad
St. Mary’s Church
It is considered to be the most popular churches in Secunderabad and is well attended. It’s a Gothic styled Roman Catholic Church devoted to Mother Mary but formerly belonged to the Cathedral of Archdiocese of Hyderabad. The church has been bestowed by the Vatican as the ‘Minor Basilica’, a title given to Roman Catholic churches based on the Canon Law. A huge statue of The Virgin Mary holding Jesus Christ in her arms captures the eye as you walk in.
Where: Road no 3, Regimental bazaar, Shivaji nagar, Secunderabad
When in need of some peace and tranquility, not bothering about your religion, cast and creed, you know where to go after you’re read this piece of article.