Locally popular as just ‘Cathedral’, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is hard to miss because of its imposing façade, and the fact that it is situated in Hazratganj, the city’s central market (Shopping Places in Lucknow). It was constructed in 1860 by the Irish priest, Fr. William Gleeson as a modest, Gothic-style building which could seat up to 300 people but it had to be pulled down in 1969.The present grand and graceful structure was built in its place and is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists alike. People come here for not only the spiritual energy and calm it provides but also the uncommon architecture, featuring a crescent-shaped façade and a wide staircase with a statue of Christ at the top. The main prayer hall is spacious, with religious images and paintings adorning its walls.A must-visit church in Lucknow, the Cathedral hosts a Christmas Gala and is incredibly beautiful during this time, illuminated and inviting.