St. Philomena's Church, Mysore

St. Philomena's Church

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55 Ratings & 42 Reviews

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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Kushal Sheth

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  • Kushal Sheth
  • Lives in Bangalore
  •  302 helpful votes
  • Posted Sep 1, 2015
Overall Rating
  • 491

Madhavi Chouthai

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  • Madhavi Chouthai
  • Lives in Mysore
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  49 readers
  • Posted 2 months ago
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  • 225

42 traveller reviews for St. Philomena's Church

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Deena Pinto

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  • Deena Pinto
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  278 readers

"An Impressive Neo Gothic Architecture - St Philomenas Church"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2016
If you are in Mysore, apart from the Mysore Palace and The Chamundi Hills, you have to visit an impressive architecture. St. Philomena's Church is one of the oldest and largest churches in India.
The prominent feature are the two spires and can be seen from a distance. This Neo-gothic style, was built way back in 1843, this was built primarily for the British officers stations at Srirangapatnra and around Mysore. Philomena, was a Grecian Princess, martyred in the 4th century. One of her relics was obtained by Thamboo Chetty, secretary of the Maharaja of Mysore in 1926.
Underneath the alter, stairs lead us down below the crypt, sort of like a little chapel called a catacomb where lies the priceless statue of St. Philomena in a reclining position, the preserved relics of the saint along with it. Along the corridor, are names of thousands, that try to tell a story. Walking past this, you emerge back to the outside where the tall structure stands. It is both ironic as well as interesting that his church was built by a French architect, in German Gothic style, for the British soldiers, that was paid for by a Hindu King!
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S Pandya

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  • S Pandya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 12 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  102444 readers

"Majestic building"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
Close to bus-stand [walking distance - if you love walking]; magnificent facade, uncrowded. Best to go during morning when the opportunity to take pictures is best.
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Joe Correia

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  • Joe Correia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  560 readers

"A well-built church"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2016
One of the finest gothic structure in India. I have visited the St. Patrick's cathedral in New York several times and I was amazed to see the structure very similar in mysore.
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Biswajeet Mishra

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  • Biswajeet Mishra
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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  • 31 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
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"Great Architecture"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
St Philomena's Church is at Mysore. If you travel to Bangalore or move towards Mysore Palace then you must visit this place it is a excellent place and mostly all people visit there. You can also check out some of our movies such as "Amar Akbar Anthony" etc scenes were shot there.
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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  • Pradeep Ramachandran
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 358 photos
  • 116 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  35975 readers

"Good church"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2016
It is a nice place to see. We can see this place during morning which is the best time. It was built by British. We have to go to basement for view of the place. Overall this place is good and I will suggest this place to all my sore tourists.
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Samridhi Mittal

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  • Samridhi Mittal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 12 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  13606 readers

"Must visit place in Mysore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2016
St. Philomena's Church is a must visit place in Mysore trip itinerary. It is a calm, serene place with beautiful interiors. One level below the ground there is Mother Mary's
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Ruta Muley

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  • Ruta Muley
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  32119 readers

"Interesting Church"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2016
After our visit to Chamundi Hills on 2nd day in Mysuru, we were going to Bus stand to board a bus back to Bangalore; and The twin spires of the church towering over the trees and the houses grabbed my attention, I forced my Hubby to go to this place before leaving.

The St. Philomena's Church is one of the largest churches in India, and it was first built in 1843 to serve the British officers stationed at Mysore and Srirangapatna. That was a simple, wooden structure, which lasted over a century, before plans were laid down for a new, majestic structure in 1933. The present church, completed in 1936, was designed by the French architect, Daly, in the Neo Gothic style, and is modelled after the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

The church is dedicated to St. Philomena, a Greek Princess who was martyred in the 4th century. It is said that she was the daughter of a Greek monarch, born after much prayer. As a child, she was very pious, and showed signs of greatness. When she was 13, her parents took her to Rome to obtain the favor of the Emperor, who, as it turned out, was enamored by her beauty and wished to marry her. Emperor Diocletion wanted to marry her but she refused, vowing to hand over herself to God. She was tortured and beheaded by the King as a punishment. Her relics were found centuries later in one of the Roman catacombs, and, later in 1926, the secretary of the Maharaja of Mysore, obtained one of these relics to be kept in the church by her name.

An interesting part about the church's architecture is that its length and height is identical at 175 feet. The 2 spires of the church are visible from miles away. They give a majestic contribution to the city's skyline. The 12 feet high crosses on the spires make this church one of the tallest in Asia. There are 3 ornamental doors at the front and several doors on the sides that lead to the prayer hall. All pillars are carved with floral patterns and ceilings depict Biblical events like Birth of Christ, The Last Supper, The Crucifixion, the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ in beautiful stained glass. Beneath the altar, there is an underground chapel known as catacomb that houses a priceless statue of St. Philomena in a reclining position.

It is an interesting church indeed dedicated to a Greek saint, built by a French architect, for the British soldiers, in the German style, paid for by a Hindu king!
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Sinoy John

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  • 51 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  8002 readers

"One of the oldest Church in Mysore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2016
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
  •  321 readers

"Awesome Church and worth visiting"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2015
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
  • 122 photos
  • 145 Reviews
  •  462 helpful votes
  •  77680 readers

"So divine at the centre of the city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
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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