St. Mary’s Church- Cantt.
This Church is located near JHV mall in Cantt. area of Varanasi, U.P. St. Mary’s Church, the 200 year old church, is locally known as ‘Church of England’ (Englishia Church). It is the oldest church in the city & oldest standing garrison church in South Asia. It has a glorious history and a rich heritage. Queen Elizabeth II of England visited the church in 1960. Annie Besant also visited the church before she became an atheist. St. Mary’s church was established by Rev George Weatly, an English Officer, in 1810. It was a garrison church used as a place of worship by British Army and other members of European Community at that time. Presently the church is in bad shape and has not been used for offering prayers for over two decades now. However this state of affairs would soon change. The Indian National Trust for Art, Culture & Heritage (INTACH) has taken over the charge of restoration & will initiate the work of restoration soon.