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 St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi
September 29, 1978

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi

Complete set of 2 nos. of commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi – 1978 :

Anglican Catholic Church : Christianity in PakistanStained Glass Church WindowIssued by Pakistan

Issued on Sep 29, 1978

Issued for : Pakistan Post Office has issued a set of 2 stamps in Re. 1/- and Rs. 2/- denominations on the occasion of the Centenary of the Cathedral.

Description :
Re. 1/- The main building of St. Patrick’s Cathedral is shown in a sketch form.
Rs. 2/- The interior of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, arches and a stained glass window has been shown in the stamp.

Designer : Adil Salahuddin

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denominations : Re. 1/- and Rs. 2/-

Colours :
Re. 1/- value – Yellow, Brown, Red and Blue
Rs. 2/- value – Blue, Red, Yellow and Black

Size of Stamps : 50.80 x 35.20 m.m.

Size of Print : 47.50 x 32.00 m.m.

Perforation Gauge : 13 x 13 c

Quantities :
Re. 1/- 500,000
Rs. 2/-

No. of Stamps in a sheet : 50 (Fifty)

Process of Printing : Litho Offset

Printers : Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi

About : 

  • The structure that dominates the cul-de-sac of ShahraheIraq in the Sadar area of Karachi was four years a building, 1878-1882. The financial effort for the construction came from the Irish regiment posted here at the time and the small community of local Catholics that made up the church of Karachi in the late Victorian era.
  • The style of this church is typically Gothic, with the Gothic arch running all round as a recurrent theme. The edifice of St. Patrick‘s claims direct descent from the strong Gothic tradition that has prevailed in the Rhine Valley of West Germany and Holland ever since the 12th Century. The observer who enters within for the first time will be struck by the sheer massiveness of the pillars, the arches and above all the central vault, which attains a height of 48 feet at its apex.
  • The great height of the structure is enlivened by the stained-glass windows of which there are 66 in all. Their magic consists in their transparency to the two-way play of light, shinning inwards during day light, and shining outwards after lamp-light.
  • An outstanding feature of the Cathedral is the chime of its bells, which are perhaps unmatched and certainly not out-classed by any in the sub-continent. The casting of a bell is not merely a matter of technical finish but an art and even more an artistic tradition. And the three beauties in the belfry of St. Patrick‘s can be traced to some obscure village in Germany where iron-mongers have made the casting of bells not merely a fine art but a point of honour. The belfries have been so designed as to permit a certain minimum of sound to filter through to the interior of the church while the main bulk of the sound is broadcast in all directions to the outside world.
  • Issued by: The Director General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.
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