India // Tamil Nadu //

St Mary’s

South of the Fort Museum, past the State Legislature, stands the oldest surviving Anglican church in Asia, St Mary’s, built in 1678 and partly renovated after the battle of 1759. It’s distinctly English in style, crammed with plaques and statues in memory of British soldiers, politicians and their wives. The grandest plaque, made of pure silver, was presented by Elihu Yale, former governor of Fort St George (1687–96) and founder of Yale University. A collection of photographs of visiting dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II, is on display in the entrance porch.

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