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Dec 25, 2007 at 12:57pm IST

Faithful throng Asia's largest church on Christmas

Medak: Nearly 2 lakh people are expected to visit Asia's largest church in Medak on Christmas.

For people who wanted to visit the Vatican but could not, the church in Medak, about 90 kilometres from Hyderabad, is the second best option.

Easily accessible by road, the church can be spotted from a long distance as it dominates the skyline and beckons the faithful.

Built on 100 acres of land, legend has it that the 173-feet high, 200-feet long and 100-feet wide church was born out of a famine that struck Medak during World War I. It took nearly 10 years to build the church and it was finally thrown open to the devout on December 25, 1924.

One can really sense the holy vibes in the air and it is a little wonder then that disconnect with the world is almost instantaneous.

The church can accommodate as many as 5,000 people. The tiles used for building the Church were brought from Italy and the roof is soundproof.

But, the most fascinating features are the large painted stained glass windows.

They serve as a picture book of the Bible in blazing colour pictures.

The stained glass painting depicting the glory of Christ is visible only during the day.

And Sunday service is the most sought after. As many as 2 lakh people from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu pay a visit to the church on Christmas.

So, now you know where to make your next pilgrimage. Till then 'jingle bells'.

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