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ST. ANDREW'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

AG. ANDREOU AND KAROLOU ST., PATRAS

ST. ANDREW'S ANGLICAN CHURCH

 

Saint Andrew's Anglican Church, Patras, was built in the 1870's on land given to the British Protestant Community by the Greek Government. The British Government then gave 200 pounds and the British residents of Patras raised the balance to build a lovely Neo-Gothic church from granite stones which were brought as ballast in ships from Scotland (Saint Andrew's being a very appropriate name as this is the Patron Saint of both Patras and Scotland).

Until the Second World War, there was a resident chaplain and a sizeable British community, chiefly merchants, dealing in the export of currants.

On Monday 26th October, 1941 one of the first Italian bombs to fall in Greece found its mark in Karolou Street, Patras, killing many citizens and damaging St. Andrew's Anglican church. The British departed and the church fell into a state of disrepair. Most of the church fittings disappeared, and the seats now in use are wooden folding chairs left by the British Army at the end of the war.

After the war, the British did not return in large numbers, no chaplain was appointed and, until the 1970's, services were only held about once or twice a year for a congregation of two or three. By the late 1970's the Protestant Community had grown again and more services were held.