The idea for the Cathedral of St. Thomas, named after the first apostle of India who came from Malabar, was initiated by Governor Aungier in 1676 AD. However, after his death, the project was abandoned. The construction for the church was already underway and the construction stood halfway at 5 meters high for around half a century. In 1710, the East India Company Chaplain adopted this unfinished task and decided to make a magnificent Anglican structure in the honor of St. Thomas. After the completion of this grand edifice, this church was finally opened as the first Anglican Church in Mumbai on the day of Christmas in 1718 AD. In the 18th and 19th century, the Cathedral was divided on the basis of different classes of society. There was even a separate room for 'Inferior Women'.
St. Thomas Cathedral was built to Neo-Classical and Neo-Gothic styles with a white fa�ade. The interiors of this cathedral mirror the interiors of the St. Thomas Cathedral in Ireland, and look much the same today as they did when it was first built in the 18th century. The interiors are delicately lined with Plaster Of Paris, polished brass, stained glass, arched windows and memorials dedicated to the late British parishioners. The roof was made 'cannon-ball-proof', though many parts of the roof have disintegrated and have been replaced with cemented slabs.
Things To Do
Apart from visiting the cathedral, if you are interesting in doing a little shopping around then it would be best for you to head to M.G. Road, Lokhandwala and Horniman Circle for buying local knick-knacks. There are a variety of local street-fare options if you are hungry. Many local delicacies and fast food joints are situated close to St. Thomas Cathedral.