One of the oldest churches in the region, Schwartz Church is an important landmark of the city. Noted for its neoclassical, 18th century architecture, it houses sculptures made by renowned Italian sculptor, John Flaxman. It was commissioned in 1779 AD by Raja Serfoji II, the last ruler of Bhonsle dynasty. It was his token, a way of showing respect for his tutor CV Schwartz, who was a Danish missionary. The missionary was also an expert in Tamil language and had taught the Maratha king during his childhood. During the colonial era, the church had been used as a prayer hall for the British military. When CV Schwartz died, the king also commissioned a statue to be made in his memory and took the finances of the church under his wing.

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