The oldest of churches in Lucknow, Christ Church holds the distinction of being the first Anglican Church in North India and probably the third in the country, built by the British. Its predecessor was St. Mary’s Church situated inside the Residency, a historic building constructed by the then ruler of Avadh – Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. During the first Indian independence war of 1857, the church was heavily shelled and completely destroyed. For the next few years, the church’s service was held inside the tomb of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan until the present building was constructed in 1860.Designed by Lt. Swetenham of The Royal Engineers, the present-day building is built in neo-Gothic style with a prominent tower and arched Gothic windows. The real beauty you don’t want to miss in this brick and stucco structure is the huge prayer hall with a beautiful ceiling, memorial plaques for fallen soldiers and stained glass murals depicting tales from Jesus’ life.