𝗗𝗶𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠'𝐬 𝗦𝘁.𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲'𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 "𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗵" 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮? 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎 𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑒𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑢𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙.
The first picture is Penang's St. George's Church, which was built in 1816 (completed in 1818 on Christmas day, in time for the first communion).
The second picture is the St.George's Cathedral in Chennai, which was built in 1815, predating the the St. George's church in Penang.
Not only do these churches share the same name, their aesthetics are identical too. Penang's St. George's Church was modeled after St. George's Cathedral in Chennai, in a Georgian-Palladian style. Both churches have prominent Doric columns and their inverted cone-shaped clock tower.
It is not a sheer coincidence because the same person designed these two churches. A military engineer named Colonel J.L. Caldwell of the Madras Engineers designed the buildings. While Colonel J.L Caldwell was stationed in India, he had Captain Robert Smith to of the Bengal Engineers to supervise convicts from India to built the Penang's St. George's church.
𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕? 𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒖𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕! ❤️🔥