Sardhana Church, near Meerut, U.P.

#1 Jan 9th, 2014, 14:51
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Sardhana Church, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, is situated in Sardhana near Meerut. It is a Roman Catholic church that represents different architectural styles.The church was designed in 1822 by the Italian architect Anthony Reghelini. It has a verandah lined with 18 Doric pillars.*

Reach meerut in Uttar Pradesh then move to Begum pul bus stand. You will find many private and government city buses going to sardhana. In city buses, time taken is 45 minutes. Get down at the police station, sardhana and take a rickshaw ride costing Rs. 20 to the church.The distance is about 22 kms from city and a little less from Meerut cantt.
It is a heritage and protected monument. Get a Rs. 3 ticket , if you are a visitor and you can get a guide to show you around.
Worth seeing once......
#2 Jun 21st, 2014, 20:23
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If self-driving from Delhi or neighbourhood, you can take the Meerut Bypass (NH 58) till Kankarkhera chauk and turn left. This road goes to Sardhana.
If coming from the north down NH 58, turn right at Daurala, the road leads to Sardhana. Or come down the canal road from Khatauli.
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Sardhana is a very interesting piece of architecture, most so because of the history of the estate, which was for all practical purposes a pseudo-state. The state started as a jahgir of the mansabdar Walter Reinhardt, an Austrian mercenary who was first employed by Mir Kasim Ali in Bengal, then the Nawab Wazir Shuja ud-Dawlah in Lucknow, next by Suraj Mal of Bharatpur, and finally as a mansabdar by the Mughal-Maratha combine in Delhi, and who because of his foreboding appearance and predilection for killing people, was nicknamed 'Sombre' in the community of Europeans who were then in service in India. After his death the state was administered by his wife, an Arab ex-belly-dancer who was called Begum Sumroo; it was she that willed the church, and her stepson that built it, as far as I know. Look around for the military memorabilia when in Sardhana, the foundry etc.
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If you understand Hindi, and are interested in exploring Sardhana, this link provides some good info and some nice visuals:



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Which link. There is no link on your post please.
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There is a youtube video in Adiyogi's post, maybe it is not visible for you?

This is the link

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Thank you Ms JuliaF.
No it is not visible on my screen; I will try the link but net's bad and it wont work -- I live in a forest clearing
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Begum Sumru ones owned a house in Delhi also, near Chandni chowk. Which was later converted to electrical market known as Bhagirath Place.
This is how it looked.
Source: http://adatewithdelhi.wordpress.com/...i-chowk-delhi/
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Great image, Mr Govindpuri. Thanks for sharing. Do you have others also, like the structures on the Delhi Ridge or the curtain wall around the Red Fort that has since been pulled down?

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