Holy Trinity Cathedral (Karachi)

Coordinates: 24°51′07″N 67°01′48″E / 24.852°N 67.030°E / 24.852; 67.030

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karachi

Holy Trinity Cathedral is the seat of the Church of Pakistan, Diocese of Karachi,[1] situated on Fatima Jinnah Road, near Zainab Market, in Karachi, Pakistan.


A postcard from 1904.

Established in 1844[2] and built in 1855, Holy Trinity Cathedral was designed by Captain John Hill of the Bombay Engineers and built from local, buff-colored Gizri stone[3] as the first major church in Karachi.[3] Its original tall tower was built to serve as a light house for ships arriving at Karachi Harbour[4] but two stories of the tower were removed for safety in 1905. The original pitched roof was replaced by a barrel vaulted roof in the 1970s.[3] As a former garrison church for the British military, the church has a number of plauques memorializing British servicemen and history.[5]


  1. Archived July 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Forrest, Nick (2 Jan 2001). "History of Holy Trinity Church Karachi". Transcription of church leaflet from April 1947. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 "The Church of the Holy Trinity, Karachi (c1870)". Photo Archive By British Library collection. The Friday Times (Pakistan). 13 April 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  4. "Karachi Landmarks – The Holy Trinity Church". The Karachi Walla.
  5. Mohammed, Salman (20 December 2009). "Like a prayer". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
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