St. Andrews takes your breath away. An oasis among the urban jungle and madness. The area around the church is one of the most polluted in Karachi thanks to humongous traffic, negligence of authorities and our collective apathy. Jehangir park has been converted into a dumping ground and refuge for heroin addicts while rest of the area has been converted into a commercial hub putting withering infrastructure under more pressure. The rainwater drainage around regal chowk has increased water level in the area putting old structures in the area including St. Andrews under threat.
St. Andrews is an Anglican church which was built in 1868. It was designed by T.G. Newnham, who was a resident engineer for the Sindh Railway and was later associated with the Indus Flotilla, a steamship company which was used in conjunction with Sindh Railway to transport goods downstream to the port. The building is designed in a Gothic style much similar to the churches in Scotland. The arches which are a prominent feature of the church distinguish it from rest of the churches in the city.
There is intricate glass work on either end. The light filters through it and leaves a colorful spectrum on the floor. The wooden musical instrument on the left of the rostrum is one of its kind. Sadly, it has not been functioning for some time now. However the church bell still works. It is installed on top of the tower which offers breathtaking view and a difficult climb.