St. Philomena's Church, Mysore
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St. Philomena's Church

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St. Philomena's Church
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About St. Philomena's Church

    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

St. Philomena's Church, also known as St. Joseph’s Church, is a colossal church which is over 200 years old. It was Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, who laid the foundation for St. Philomena's Church in 1933, on the site of a small church built by his father. The construction of St. Philomena's Church was completed in the year 1941.

St. Philomena's Church, which is built in the Gothic Style, preserves the 3rd century relic of St. Philomena in a catacomb below the main altar. The floor plan of St. Philomena's Church is based on the Holy Cross. The ‘nave’ of the cross is the Congregation Hall, the two arms are the transepts and the crossing consists of altar and the choir.

The idols of St. Philomena and Holy Christ are placed on the marble altar in the Sanctum sanctorum. There are stained glass windows above the Sanctum sanctorum with paintings depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ.

The most attractive feature of St. Philomena's Church is the spires. There are two towers or spires that are about 54 meters tall, which resemble the spires of St. Patrick's Church of New York.  

St. Philomena's Church is considered to be one among the largest Cathedrals of South Asia. Located at a distance of about 2 km from Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Church has become a major tourist attraction of Mysore.  
 

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  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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28 traveller reviews for St. Philomena's Church

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Preethi Ganeshbabu
  • Preethi Ganeshbabu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 20 Reviews

"Tall structure, worth visiting"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2015
It is a tall and old church with Mary's idol as well as a cross. Tourists do not keep silence inside the church. The offering place at the basement looks unique. The premises is not so clean. Can't cover the full height of the church in one snap! Worth visiting.
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  • 3 votes

Soumya Sikdar
  • Soumya Sikdar
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 7 Reviews

"Complete atmosphere of peace"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2014
A beautiful church with long erections, here one can offer prayer in complete peace and tranquil atmosphere. However the church is open for general public only upto 5pm, adjacent there is sufficient open space for visitors to sit and roam. Many food stalls and shops are present outside the church.
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  • 4 votes

Cuttie Pie
  • Cuttie Pie
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 11 Reviews

"Good Church"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2014
The church itself was too small. But the statue of Jesus Christ, the decor of the church and the pathway below it was good and interesting. The church was well built and very nearby in the city.
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  • 4 votes

Nandan Prabhudessai
  • Nandan Prabhudessai
  • Lives in Agra
  • 12 Reviews

"Beautiful Church"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Dec 9, 2014
Old Architecture but it is very beautiful like twin towers standing in the midst, silent journey inside the church. Pleasant surrounding, No words to describe.
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  • 3 votes

Rahul Jain
  • Rahul Jain
  • Lives in Surat
  • 12 Reviews

"Nice church"

  • 4.50/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2014
Its on main road you will find difficulty to park your vehicle. Place is awesome and very silent. Just like other church you will see the Christian interior and all.
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  • 3 votes

Amit Verma
  • Amit Verma
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 9 photos
  • 13 Reviews

"Amazing interiors, speechless art"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2014
Its really amazing church one should visit its construction is just speechless, the best part of it is the interior design which is really attractive and trust me its worth visiting, one must go if wanted silence, peace and trust me you will like it for sure.
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Harish
  • Harish
  • 7 Reviews

"Peacefully prayed for 15 minutes"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 31, 2014
We went to the St. Philomena's Church in the evening. I prayed there for 15 minutes and it was a wonderful feeling altogether.
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Prabakar
  • Prabakar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 12 Reviews

"Couldn't go inside"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2014
When visited this shrine there was a marriage function going on. We were not allowed to go inside the church.
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  • 4 votes

Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 523 Reviews

"Peaceful church in Mysore"

  • 5.00/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2014
St. Philomena's Church is a famous church in Mysore. It's located in city centre. Underground pathway is amazing. Too calm and peaceful place. Well maintained and clean.
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  • 5 votes

Gautam Gautam
  • Gautam Gautam
  • 9 Reviews

"Simply a Wow Place"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2014
Church's design was really very awesome; it took nearly 8 years to build such a beautiful church. Just Loved it.
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  • 6 votes

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