I really like this church in Mumbai. Bright white, offset with gold features, St Thomas’s Cathedral looks dazzling against the blue sky.
It is situated in Fort, my favourite city precinct to wander around. The cathedral provides a cool, quiet space for calm and reflection, away from the heat, noise and hustle of the streets outside.
The Cathedral is an Anglican church, built in a British style. The names of the dead inside its walls are mostly British, and it always felt strangely familiar and reminiscent of home to me. I like wandering into different churches, wherever I find them.
The interior of the cathedral is very similar to a British church, built on the Church of England protestant model, with whitewash walls, sparse but beautiful designs, wooden pews and altar. One striking difference is the presence of many ceiling fans, hanging down on long wires, a testament to the very different climate.
You can sit in the pews and turn on the fans individually, using switches on the nearest columns. I often paused from exploring the city on foot and went in to enjoy the pervading atmosphere of peace and calm.
These multilingual bibles and prayer books intrigued me. They are available on tables in the aisle.