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

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About St. Philomena's Church

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    • 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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Sinoy John

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  • Sinoy John
  • 34 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  776 readers

"One of the oldest Church in Mysore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a must visit place in Mysore. Beautiful Church and surroundings. Plenty of parking space. Should visit the underground of the Church. During Christmas time you will find beautiful crib in this Church.
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Krishna Sahu

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  • Krishna Sahu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  64 readers

"Awesome Church and worth visiting"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome Church I have ever seen. Went with my family and really it's worth visiting. They allow footwear inside Church. One of the ancient Church very near to Mysore Sandalwood Trees.
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anngr

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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 15 photos
  • 72 Reviews
  •  357 helpful votes
  •  56616 readers

"So divine at the centre of the city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Classic, must see church building having a beautiful tall structure. It's so divine, the outer structure and the inside structure speaks of the art and architecture.
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Jayawardhan Bandi

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  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 4 Reviews
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"Superb Church and a very peaceful place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2015
You can't see with two eyes. What a height peak church superb. Very peaceful and what ever you desire that will be fulfilled. Blessed Church. The images and everything is precious and wish to watch repeatedly. Pray there everything will be fulfilled. Whatever you ask in thy name shall be fulfilled.
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Samarth Raj

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  • Samarth Raj
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 20 Reviews
  •  994 readers

"A great piece of Architecture and needs more care"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2015
Like many other heritage buildings in Mysore, this church too is an architectural delight! Built in 1936 in honour of St. Philomena. Then Wodeyar King laid the foundation and provided full support in construction of this imposing structure.

The most eye catching part that immediately draws attention when we get close to the church are the twin spires which rise 175 feet from the ground. From outside its difficult to identify, but once you enter the church, it becomes evident that the church floor is designed as a cross.

High above, one can find stained glass panels typical of old Roman design.

However, like many other Indian tourist places, this place too has borne the brunt of public apathy.

How does one call himself a devotee when he desecrates the walls of the cellar scribbling what he wishes for?? Isn't a honest prayer enough to put your wish in front of God??

Well, Spiritual and Religious reverence apart, the church is indeed a place worth a visit.
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Kartik Lakhotia

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 24 Reviews
  •  112 helpful votes
  •  6361 readers

"Imposing Bell Towers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2015
The Bell Towers of this Church are very high and majestic. It looks very beautiful and is quite well-maintained. Plus it's very close to the Mysore Palace, so worth a visit if you are travelling to Mysore.
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Pawankalyan Gk

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 199 Reviews
  •  430 helpful votes
  •  100665 readers

"Famous church in Mysore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2015
It is about 8 km from bus stand of Mysore and 11 km from Railway station. This is the only church in Mysore which is very famous. Entrance fee is free, we can go in the church any time. We can pray here. Mysore has made this a tourist spot. I advise tourists to see this place in morning time only since it is clearly visible.
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Preethi Ganeshbabu

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  • Preethi Ganeshbabu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 20 Reviews
  •  140 helpful votes
  •  19797 readers

"Tall structure, worth visiting"

  • 5.5/7
  • 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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  • 6 votes

Soumya Sikdar

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  • Soumya Sikdar
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 7 Reviews
  •  128 helpful votes
  •  12562 readers

"Complete atmosphere of peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • 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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Cuttie Pie

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  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 11 Reviews
  •  54 helpful votes
  •  7463 readers

"Good Church"

  • 5.0/7
  • 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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