Medak Cathedral, Medak, Telangana

December 15, 2014 - Churches, Pilgrim Centers, Telangana
Medak Cathedral, Medak, Telangana

Cathedrals are not the same as a church where the Christian community spend their time as a disciple of God. The main difference between a Church and a Cathedral is that, the latter has the seat of a Bishop and act as a central church of a Diocese. We all know that by the advent of Europeans in the early days had helped in the establishment of Christian missionaries in various parts of India. These Christian missionaries helped in propagating the ideas and philosophies of Christianity. They also helped in transferring the European style of building to the Indians and thus we have a lot of beautiful Churches and Cathedrals in our country. Medak Cathedral is one of the largest churches in South India and is the most gorgeous among them. So it is important to know about the details of such a marvelous building, let peep into the features of this stunning church.

First of all the location of the church, it is situated at a place known as Medak which is at present is a part of the newly formed state Telangana. Another specialty of this church is that it is the largest among the churches in Telangana. From 1947 the Medak cathedral functioned as the cathedral of the diocese of Medak. The consecration of the Medak church was done on 25th December 1924. The specialty of a diocese is that the administration of the region in which such a church is located will be under the supervision of the Bishop, just like Vatican and Medak diocese is the largest of its kind in Asia. So you will be thinking about how such a church would capture the administration of an area, so let us have a close look at the historical importance of this church which will help you tackle your doubt.

 The construction of the church was under the control of Reverend Charles Walker Posnett, who was a Methodist Christian. Charles Posnett came to India in the year 1895 (reached Secunderabad) and later in 1896 he went in search of villages and finally reached the Medak village. There were only a few Christians in this village and as the members believing in Christianity increased Posnett had decided to build a new church, before which the people depended on a small tiled house for carrying out their prayers. The construction of the present cathedral was started in the year 1914 and in 1924 Charles Posnett itself performed the consecration of the church. Many people of the village were employed in the construction site and helped them from the hands of famine and poverty. Later on, in 1947 the reunification of the Christian group into the Church of south India, this church was selected as the cathedral church of the Medak diocese.

Gothic Revival style of design can be seen on each nook and corner of the Cathedral. The cathedral is large enough to carry around 5000 people at a time; it is about 30 m wide and 61 m long. Mosaic tiles are used for the flooring and these mosaics were brought from Britain. Six different colored mosaics were used for decorating the floors and it was done by the Italian Masons from Bombay. Sponge materials are used to construct the roof of the cathedral in order to make it sound proof and a beautiful style of vaulting can be seen.  Another stunning feature of the cathedral is the use of stained glasses for the windows and these colored glasses depicts some of the events in the life of Christ. Sir O. Salisbury was the designer of the windows of the cathedral and helped in making it more attractive. These are some of the specialties of the Medak Cathedral which make it unique from other churches and no one should miss an opportunity to visit this striking building. The visitors could enjoy the beauty of this marvelous building from 7 am to 6 pm.