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About St. John in the Wilderness

St. John Church, which is also known as St. John in the Wilderness, is a well-known Anglican Church built in 1853. Dedicated to John the Baptist, the church is located close to Dharamshala on the way to McLeodGanj. The natural beauty of the place and the church building attracts plenty of tourists here. The church is ideally set amidst of the beautiful deodar forest and features neo-Gothic architecture. Many people come to visit the artful Belgian stained-glass windows, which were donated to the church by Lady Elgin. The church was drastically destroyed in the Kangra earthquake of 1905, which killed about 19800 people. The Bell tower and spire were completely ruined. The churchyard here is the eternal resting place of Lord Elgin, who served as the Governor General of the Province. He became the Viceroy of India in 1861 at the time of British rule, but died at Dharamshala in November 1863 and was buried at St. John churchyard.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
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