Sacred Heart Cathedral Church is unarguably the most famed church in the city. Dating back to 1930, when the construction of the structure began, it is also one of the biggest churches in Delhi. Easter and Christmas are the best time to visit as several major ceremonies are held during these festivals. The façade of the structure, which showcases several elements of the Italian style of architecture, is complemented by equally impressive interiors. Broad arches, murals depicting different events from the Bible, and a high curved roof are some other things to admire. This might just make you forget, or perhaps remind, you of the incredible churches of Goa. Sacred Heart Cathedral Church is only a stone’s throw from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and in the vicinity of Connaught place and numerous points of interest in the area. Thus, you can explore a number of other attractions while on a visit.
Father Luke, a member of the Franciscan first order, founded by St. Francis of Assisi, took the initiative to build the church, and the Archbishop of Agra in 1929 Rev. Dr. E. Vanni laid the foundation stone in 1929 and construction began in 1930. Sir Anthony de Mello donated the main Altar of the Church, which is made of pure marble. The Archbishop of Agra presented a bell, vestments and altar furniture. The project was financed by the colonial officers of the British Empire.
Interior towards the main altar and fresco depicting the Last Supper
Side chapel with cross and statue of the Virgin
The church building was designed by British architect Henry Medd, and is based on Italian architecture. A facade of white pillars supports the canopy, and on each side of the cathedral's entrance porch, there are circular arcaded turrets rising above the roof. The interior has a towering curved roof, polished stone floors and broad arches.
Behind the marble altar in the apse is a large fresco depicting the Last Supper. To the left in the side chapel is a large crucifix, next to it a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Services and celebration
The cathedral organizes functions on certain days of the year. Holy Mass is celebrated in the morning and evening every day. The major ceremonies held at the Cathedral are Easter and Christmas. The most important of the festivities during Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Christmas Vigil Service an hour before midnight Christmas Eve. Various cultural and social programs are also organized throughout the year.
November to March – Weekdays – 06:30 am, 01:00 pm and 06:00 pm
Saturday – 06:00 pm
Sunday – 06:30 am (English), 07:30 am (Malayalam), 09:00 am (English), 10:15 am (Hindi),
11:30 am (English), 04:00 pm (Hindi) and 06:00 pm (English)
April to October – Weekdays – 06:00 am, 01:00 pm and 06:30 pm
Sunday – 06:00 am, 04:30 pm and 06:30 pm
Nearest metro station: Patel Chowk (1.1 km)