Churches of Pakistan: Did you Guess Right?

Posted on January 2, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Quiz, Architecture, Minorities, Religion
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Adil Najam

The response to our ATP Photo Quiz on the Churches of Pakistan was heartening. Many of the church buildings we featured were guessed right. Some were not. It is time now to reveal the correct answers; at least some will surprise you.

First, however, let me share with you (above) this addition drawing – an engraving from March 1880, published in the Graphic – of the Cathedral in Lahore. I thought this was an impressive drawing of an impressive building and worth adding to our collection of more contemporary photographs featured in our Quiz.

Coming to the fifteen photographs in the ATP Photo-Quiz from last week, here are the correct answers (clicking on any photograph will take you to a larger image and details, where available).

(1) Rawalpindi: St. Joseph’s Hospice; (2) Lahore: St. Anthony’s Church;
(3) Murree: Anglican Church.

(4) Karachi: St. Patrick’s Church; (5) Lahore: Roman Catholic Cathedral;
(6) Karachi: Holy Trinity Cathedral; (7) Karachi: St. Joseph’s Convent Chappel;
(8) Peshawar: St. John’s Church; (9) Rawalpindi: Anglican Church.

(10) Karachi: Methodist Church; (11) Nathiagalli: St. Matthew’s Church;
(12) Khambay (near Lahore): New Apostolic Church; (13) Farooqabad (District Sheikhupura): 7th Day Adventist Church and Seminary;
(14) Wah Cantt.: Full Gospel Church; (15) Hyderabad: St. Phillip’s Church.

25 Comments on “Churches of Pakistan: Did you Guess Right?”

  1. Samdani says:
    January 2nd, 2007 1:32 pm

    Yes, am surprised. I am most intrigued by the newer churches at the end. Even architecturally very different from the earlier ones. I guess he early ones are grand because they were built with all the might of teh colonial empire behind them. The newer ones are built by a minority that has been under stress.

  2. Ghalib says:
    January 2nd, 2007 7:35 pm

    i was right for the rawalpindi one but i thout the top three are in rawalpindi.

  3. Bhatti says:
    January 3rd, 2007 4:44 pm

    Very nice. Learnt so much. I am fascinated by these pictures and will certainly explore the churches of Pakistan more. In Lahore and also elsewhere.

  4. TURAB says:
    January 4th, 2007 12:29 am

    great post and beautiful churches……

  5. January 27th, 2007 5:02 pm

    [...] Like Adil’s earlier post on Fall Foliage in Pakistan, I think this could have been easily confused with a picture of an old lighthouse flanked by the church as being from Europe or North America; but much like the foliage, it is very much in Pakistan. But where? [...]

  6. Pakistani Hindu says:
    April 4th, 2007 8:39 am

    very intersting …can we have a feature on Hindu , jain or sikh temples in Pakistan as there are 100′s of these ….


  7. August 10th, 2007 6:39 am

    awesome site…. but I think one of most beautiful church building in Rawalpindi is remain to include in this site…and that is St. Paul’s Church at Peshawr Rd. Near Flashman’s Hotel in Rawalpindi and another in Cola Centre Saddar Rawalpindi… the small building of ARP Church.

  8. basit says:
    August 30th, 2007 1:14 pm

    dere r many churches in pakistan where christans could perform dere religious activities safely…

  9. Justine says:
    September 23rd, 2007 5:39 am

    Adil ! thank you for sharing your tender thoughts, through these pictures. hope they remain intact and with same names.

  10. December 4th, 2007 3:41 pm

    Dear brethren !

    Shalom ! may the peace and the love of Christ Jesus be with you all.

    A Christimas gift for you, CEPISCCOM presents (Urdu online Bible First time in the History of Pakistan)…We’re also working to make the Holy Word of God online in different languages for reached and unreached areas. We’ve completed this vision just to pomote the Holy Word of God and so that the believers of Christ may take good benefit out of it. We’re working in the bitter teeth of circumstances.

    Moreover, Your single penny even matters a lot to spread the GOOD NEWS all over the world.

    Please keep your fingers cross, for our forthcoming projects.

    Kind regards

    Rev. Gabriel G. Nicholas

    Founder Chairman

    C E P I S C C O M

    Computer Education Promotion In Special and Common Community

    # 2 Basement JIN Plaza, Royal Park, Lahore – 54000 Pakistan. Tel: +92-42-5022366, +92-300-9417173 E-mail: Website :

  11. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 4th, 2007 4:39 pm

    @ You have’nt shown Karachi’s Churches & Cathedrals,

    btw, we are, at the moment having a cup of tea between
    Inter-faith dialogue group of which I am a founder member,
    We are all very impressed by the presence of Chritians with
    places of worship in Pakistan, good reason for “correcting”
    some false propagandas spread by bad-intentioned
    prosylitists. It does change completely the “fixed” ideas.

  12. December 11th, 2007 4:22 am

    Very good.

  13. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 11th, 2007 7:03 am

    Adil Najam,
    My post on the Reverand’s Church appeal

    @Rev. Gebriel G.

    Dear brethren,

    Allah’s (SWT), Eternal’s, Ibrahim’s God’s blessings be
    with you all.

    An Eid-AlAzha’s gift for you all believing in One

    The nature compels, we, Abrahamics, to have their
    respective festivals at “the same time” this year,
    It does reminds us all, to look back and realise our
    obligations towards the mutual respect and dignity.
    Prophet Muhammed (SAW) is revered by Al-Mighty
    as Rehmat-ul-lil-Alamin, an imperative, the world, has
    witnessed during hundreds of centuries, through other
    Holy Scriptures, e.g. :

    Zoroastrian’s Holy Scriptures :
    Dasatir No.14.

    Hindu Holy Scriptures :
    Bhavishya Purana Paru 3, Khand 3, Adhya 3,
    Shallok (Ashlok) 5,6,7,8.
    Atherva veda, Kanda 20, Sukta 127, mantra 3.

    Judaism & Chritianity Holy Scriptrues :

    Old Testament

    Deut.XVIII, 15, 18,
    Psalms LXXXIV, 4, 5, 6,.
    Isaiah XXI, 6,7.

    New Testament :

    John XIV, 16, 26.
    John XVI, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

    The Gospel of Barnabas :
    (Accepted as a Canonical Gospel till 325 AD, then ordered
    burnt, copy remained in Pope’s Library and he used it.
    The advent of a Great Prophet, prophecied in :
    Gospel Nos. 1, 2, 3

    We are having this evening a lecture on Muhammed
    given by a Protestant
    Please convey our message to your perish and other
    Best Regards

    Rafay Kashmiri

    (AGIR: Action Group Inter-religion Lux AFM Shaikh S)

  14. December 27th, 2007 6:00 am

    Video: Churches and Chapels in Murree – Pakistan

  15. December 27th, 2007 3:03 pm

    As a North American, I very much enjoyed viewing the pictures of churches in Pakistan — especially the old ones. Yes, to some they may symbolize only western colonialism and exploitation. But from the contemporary Christian perspective, perhaps they can also be viewed as pointing to the virtues of tolerance, love for ALL humankind (whatever their race or creed), and compassion for those who suffer: the tenets of religious faith at its most enlightened — whether Christian or non-Christian.

  16. Regina says:
    February 9th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Praise the Lord!!!I am so glad to be posting my comment on this website I am from Fiji and have always been interested in the Work of God Alimghty in the nations of India & Pakistan

    God Bless you all who read this msg
    Jesus Loves U!!
    Love from Fiji!!!

  17. February 16th, 2008 4:59 am

    In response of Mr. Rafay Kashmiri’s comments @ Rev. Gabriel’s Church request.

    Dear brother Rafay Kashmiri !

    I do respect Islam and I’ve personally studied Islam…. But Islam condemns criticism on other religions. There are a lot of things to criticise but believing on the Torah (The five books of Prophet Moses), Psalms (Zaboor), Scriptures (Sahaif-e-Anbia Sughra and Kubra) and Gospels and Epistles (Anajeel-e-Mubarika & Khatoot), are also a part of an Muslim believe as Islam believes in the last Holy Book Noble Quran (given from Allah Almighty).

    Whereas the Gospel of Barnabas concern, Christianity does not accept the Gospel (So I’m unable to talk to clear anything)

    Please do believe that religion is a path to live a good life as Allah says that I may forgive you Hakook Allah…but you will be never forgiven if you deny and ignore Hakook ul Ibad. I personally request you that if you’re good Muslim try to keep happy the people live in your surroundings (neighbours) and if you hurt anyone means you’re not acting upon the Prophet’s (PBUH) teaching.

    If you kindly remember the time when a lady used to throw garbage on the Holy Prophet (PBUH)… He never criticised….cuz His Blessed Life is a true specimen for muslims Uma. But nowadays we don’t even bother to hurt anyone…through our deeds, through our talking… and through our writing.

    I believe that you are a very good Muslim…. and you’re also know to respect others as the Holy Prophet taught you.

    Kind regards

    Rev. Gabriel G. Nicholas
    Founder Chairman CEPISCCOM

  18. N A Shamoun says:
    May 2nd, 2008 7:29 am

    Dear and Respected Ones in Christ,
    greetings in the Great Name of Our Jesus Christ,
    It is an honor to write you this mail. We have launched a website for Christian community in Pakistan to provide them a platform to raise their voice, share their thoughts and views and can talk openly to and for the Christianity. You will be free to talk anything against anything except Christianity. You can show your name e-mail and Phone numbers or you can submit your voice as an anonymous. Kindly note that this website is for Christians and is a non-profit website, dedicated to Christianity and is launched after watching people like Prof. Zakir Naik who are always delivering their sermons against the Christian people around the globe and is specially criticizing the Holy Bible. You can send your articles and make your blogs at our site.
    You can forward your submissions to
    I’ll be waiting for your reply anxiously.
    God bless you and your family.
    Your in His Grip,
    N A Shamoun
    Christian Benevolent Society, Pakistan

  19. April 8th, 2009 12:36 am

    Muslims give respect to all religions of the world.

  20. Imran says:
    January 5th, 2010 6:27 pm


    Christians are entitled to believe without feeling intimidated as are Muslims.Naturally a Christian will find error within the comments of someone like Dr Zakir Zaik,similarly Muslim’s have historical disagreements with issues such as the trinity.

    There is no compromise on such issues yet we need not hate eachother for as Allah(swt) has said that “there is no compulsion in matters of faith”…..the coming years will decide what the truth is so watch this space because truth shines out from error”.There is no need for one religious community to educate or attempt to supersede another when such information is readily available to all.

    Lets also how the same respect to Hinduism,Sikhism and Judaism together with other lesser known beliefs for only then can humankind prosper.

    Walaykumu salam warehmatullah….

  21. March 15th, 2010 7:33 am

    Realy very nice Architecture.

    M.Adeel Qureshi,
    Art& Architecture,
    Karachi University

  22. Watan Aziz says:
    April 3rd, 2010 8:45 pm

    Happy Easter!

  23. November 9th, 2010 4:46 pm

    want to write and tell you that I was a Roman Catholic, but it was the book “National Sunday Law” which brought me to God’s truth to make me a Seventh Day Adventist. When my husband’s uncle gave him your book I picke it up and I could not stop until I had finished it. I was shocked when I read it. I had known that Bibles were buned by the priests and popes but I was SHOCKED when I read that they had tried to change the Law of God. I wanted that moment to be faithful to God. Thank you for your book that is true, that opens the eyes of people, who Rome wants to keep in darkness.

    Romans 7:7 Law is the knowledge of sin. Daniel 7:25 Men will think to change the Law and time. So God did not change the Sabbath. Read Ezekiel 8:16 to find out how Sun worship started.

  24. Maskeenel says:
    December 23rd, 2010 12:41 pm

    Never thought Adventist Seminary church was one of the famous churches in Pakistan. How things change with time.

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