of the New Jerusalem Church, believed to be Asia's first
Protestantchurch at Tarangambadi in the district, was
Pastors from over 50 important churches the world
over participated in the celebrations organised by the Tamil
Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC).
The Jerusalem Church was built in 1707 by
BartholomeusZiegenbalg, a German-born Danish missionary, who
arrived at Tarangambadi in 1706.
He had dedicated the church specifically for local
Tamils and conducted all prayers in Tamil.
The church, which was functioning from a small
building near the seashore, was damaged when a tsuanmi struck
Tranquebar on November 27, 1715.
Ziegenbalg then decided to build a new church nearby.
The New Jerusalem Church, built on Danish
architectural style, was inaugurated this day 300 years ago.
To commemorate the completion of the tercentenary, the
TELC had organisedcelebrations at Tarangambadi Thursday.
Administrator of TELC and former judge of Madras High
Court K Venkatraman inaugurated the celebrations.
German Consul General from Chennai, Karin Stoll, TELC
spiritual head Edwin Jayakumar and CSI Bishop of
Thanjavur-Tiruchirappalli diocese Chandrasekaran,
were among those who took part.
As part of the celebrations, floral tributes were paid
to the statue of Ziegenbalg, who served as the first pastor of
A procession, followed by special prayers was held.
India posts released a special commemorativecover on
The New Jerusalem church also faced tsunami attack on
December26, 2004, but reportedly did not suffer any damage.
It was renovated in 2006 without changing the original
A large number of tourists visit the church every
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