St. John the Baptist Church, Thane

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Country -

India

Travel Destination -

Thane

Address of this place -

ISD/STD Code -

91-Bassein 0250, Bhiwandi 02522, Dahanu 02528, Mokhada 02529, Murbad 02524, Palghar 02525, Talasari 02521, Wada 02526

Area Pincode -

400601

Local Time -

8:05 PM

Local Weather -

Current temprature- 29.41, Minimum - 23.22, Maximun - 29.41
moderate rain with humidity 80% and Wind speed of 2.61 mph (Measured at Bombay / Santacruz).

How to Reach -

BY FLIGHT
Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport on regular basis.
Thane 16 km away Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport (BOM), Mumbai, Maharashtra
Thane - 119 km away Lohegaon Airport (PNQ), Pune, Maharashtra
BY TRAIN
Thane. Railway Station(s): Diva Junction (DIVA)
BY BUS
Bus Station(s): Thane

About this place -

 

St. John the Baptist Church, Thane, Maharashtra, India

St. John the Baptist Church, Jambli Naka, Thane (W), Thane Dist., Maharashtra

St. John the Baptist Church is a well-known landmark situated at the heart of Thane city. This 500 year old church is located on the north side of Masunda lake near the Thane Railway Station. The church, formerly known as St. Anthony’s church was built by Portuguese missionaries i.e. Franciscans under the leadership of Fr. Antonio do Porto in 1582. When the Marathas captured Thane in 1737, all the churches in the city were destroyed, except the St. Anthony Church. Later on the name of the church was changed to St. John the Baptist Church. With the passage of time, several alteration has been made in the building and of that old Franciscan church only the wooden main altar, the two side altars and the roof of the sanctuary still exist today. Recently, architects working on renovating the St John The Baptist Church found baroque carvings, gold-gilded motifs and a passageway concealed behind a wall. A hidden doorway that probably led to a prayer hall, floral motifs gilded with gold concealed under a vault and beautiful baroque carvings on a door masked with hundreds of coats of oil paint was also discovered.

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Thane: - Located in the Konkan Division, Thane is a city in the state of Maharashtra. The city is a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan region but ironically it is not located in Mumbai. The city is also famously known as the city of lakes. The most famous lake of them all is the Masunda Lake aka Talao Pali. The lake offers various fun rides like water scooter and boating. A drama theater, Gadkari Rangayatan is located on the lakefront which is a very popular hub of entertainment. There is a very old temple of Kopineshwar that was built around the 1750 AD by Chimajji Appa which is located on the banks.