28 July, 2021

Perfumed Jasmine In The Nave

The Nazranis, Portuguese, Armenians and British built churches in various styles over 1,500 years. This is a lavish ode to the ones that inspire awe.

Perfumed Jasmine In The Nave

Joanne Taylor’s is a breezy, illus­trated look at Indian churches. With 310 photographs, it is infor­mative, but not fact-bound. The selection of 57 churc­hes from Ker­­ala, Goa, Chennai, Bangal­ore, Calcutta, Mumbai, Delhi, Pondiche­rry and Chandannagar conv­eys the geo­graphical spread, the historical evolution, denominational variety and architectural diversity of Ind­ian churches. Of these, 31 are Roman Cat­holic, nine Ang­lican, six Protest­ant, four Syro-Mal­abar Catholic, two each Presbyterian and Orthodox Syrian, and one each Armenian Orthodox, Church of North India and Church of South India.

Taylor begins with the arrival of the apostle St. Thomas at the ancient port of Muziris, near Kodungallur, in A.D. 51. He is believed to have built churches at seven locations. From 4 to 6 century AD, there were waves of Christians fleeing persecution in Persia. Isolated over time from their native country, the Nazranis or followers of Jesus of Naz­a­reth built churches to resemble the three-tiered gabled...

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