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Capping the pristine surroundings of Nathia Gali, a hill station in Hazara District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is the century-old St Matthews church. Located near Paradise Point near Nathia Gali park, it can be reached after a steep hike from the main market and was built entirely out of cedar wood during the British Raj. Upon my visit to the church, I was welcomed by a local man named Abdullah who revealed how generations of his family members have served as caretakers of the wooden structure that is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. “The weather has wreaked havoc on the church but it still stands in all its grandeur,” he said. -Photos and text by Taimur Sikander


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S. A. M. Dec 25, 2012 01:06pm
Yes I have been to this Church in the year 2005. It is very beautiful. The best thing was the courtesy of the people at the Church. They did not show any animosity against me (being a muslim) they were not making any haste to remove things from my reach so that they don't get dirty by the touch of a person from another religion. It is very nicely built and everything is made of wood. I would suggest that whoever visit Nathiagali should visit this old Church.
Munir Malik Dec 26, 2012 01:12am
It really is a beautiful structure. I didn't know that it was a century old. The upkeep must have been awesome. The shiny wood walls make you think that it is a newly built structure. You should upload some pictures in color too, to show how beautiful it is.
edwin Dec 28, 2012 07:31am
Dear S.A.M. Thanks for your comments. We do not, have never thought and will never think that any Muslim visiting any of our churches or touching any thing there will make them dirty. In fact, we would like you Muslims visit our churches, intermingle with us so that we understand each other and live happily in each others company.