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In Frames: Srinagar’s St Lukes Church reopens after 30 years

December 22, 2021

Kashmiri Christian community members offer special prayers inside the S. Lukes Church, which was reopened today after more than 30 years, at Dalgate in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Photo by Umar Ganie/ KM

A 125-year-old church in Srinagar, which was dedicated by The Bishop of Lahore on 12 September 1896 and remained desolated in the wake of growing violence in the 1990s was renovated and thrown open today for the worshipers ahead of the Christmas festival.

The renovation of the church began in April last year and is part of the restoration of historic buildings and conservation of old shrines of all faiths under the J&K Tourism Department’s ‘Smart City Mission’.

The church is situated in the tourist hub and is only half a kilometer away from the famous Dal Lake and the Buchwara market, frequented by locals and foreign tourists.

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Umar Ganie

Umar Ganie is a senior photojournalist who lives and works in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. It is my job to be a visual storyteller, showing people how others live and struggles in the valley .

Umar Ganie is associated with Kashmir Monitor since 19 years and is two times elected as the treasurer of Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA).

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