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St. Aloysious Chapel

Mangalore

14.4/5(10 Ratings)

St. Aloysious Chapel Overview

Ranked 3 of 41 sightseeing in Mangalore

St. Aloysious Chapel, located at the central region of the city on a hill, well-known in the region as the Lighthouse Hill, was built by Reverend Father Joseph Willy. This Christian chapel was built in 1884, as a part of the Mangalore Mission started in 1878. Owing to their focus on the education, health and social welfare of the Mangalorean Catholic Community, the Italian Jesuits built the St. Aloysius College in 1880, and St. Aloysius Chapel in 1884.

Walls of the chapel are adorned with a number of paintings, which are the works of the famous Italian Jesuit painter Antonio Moscheni. Constructed to pay homage to the famous personality of Aloysius Gonzaga, the chapel contains several paintings associated with the Apostles, the Church saints, Jesuit saints, and Jesus's life. Paintings present in the middle row depict different situations related to the life of Aloysius Gonzaga.

In the chapel, paintings depicting Jesus befriending the children are also placed. Ceiling, fresco painting and oil canvas paintings adorn the chapel. Paintings including the portraits of the Crowing of the Cock and many saints are present on the walls of the chapel. About 600 sq. m of the walls of the chapel are covered by frescos.

Apostles and two life-size angels with flower garlands, beautifully painted with no two flowers being alike, are present on the panels of the chapel. Aloysius's first communion, his seeking admission to the Jesuit order and other incident of his life are depicted by the paintings of the chapel.
 

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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
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Arpit tandon

Arpit tandon5.0/5

5 reviews

Great paintings & wonderful Guardian of the Chapel

St. Aloysius Chapel is a small beautiful place inside a school of the same name. Let me describe my wonderful experience at this Chapel. Visited here along with my wife on our leisurely trip to Mangalore.Having studied in a convent school (St. Francis' College, Lucknow), the school campus felt familiar making me nostalgic of the corridors, assembly area, etc. Then after a little searching, we found the Chapel. Wonderful paintings describing the disciples of Jesus all over the roof of this Chapel. Chapel doors are kept closed to preserve the paintings which are in excellent condition despite being more than 120 years old.Till here the experience was very good, what made it exquisite was the guardian of this Chapel. Mr. Henry (apologies if I recall the name incorrectly) is an extremely kind person that would guide the visitors and explain them all about the paintings. He blessed me and my wife with a happy and long married life. Also, guided us on what places to visit in Mangalore during our weekend trip.Then came the Wow moment!! We went to the Chapel by auto and asked the driver to wait for 5 mins. Our visit to Chapel and discussion with the guardian took more time (around 30 mins). Now, I was sure that the auto driver would crib and argue. Henry came outside, waved to the auto driver, spoke something in local language suggesting that he's discussing with us, so we shall be late. And the auto driver smiled and waited for us without any hassle. Amazing experience with Mr. Henry. Forgot to take his contact, would like to get in touch with him.Overall, St. Aloysius is a nice Chapel to visit. But people make the buildings worthwhile. And guardian of this Chapel does an amazing job. Definitely made our visit memorable to this place.

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Venson Lobo

Venson Lobo3.6/5

28 reviews

Peaceful and artistic

This Chapel has a very beautiful story displayed through the paintings, drew by some famous artist, sorry I forgot the name though. If you ask the curator he will show you around and also tell the story. You aren't allowed to picture and you need to keep your phone either on silent more or else on vibration more, as mainly it's a place of worship.

Dibyendu Ghosh

Dibyendu Ghosh4.3/5

19 reviews

Nice to visit

A church situated near Hampankatta. A nice place to visit, everyone will get peace here after visiting this. There is a museum nearby that is also good, many things are there from first car to generator.

Priyadarshini

Priyadarshini3.9/5

7 reviews

'Awesome' nothing else

OMG! You just can't believe that the church is fully painted with the stories of Jesus. The paintings look awesome. Only one man has done the paintings. Very nice place to visit, and the person there was very kind and explained very well. I loved the place and must visit when you are in Mangalore. Visited in March 2015.

Prajwal Rds

Prajwal Rds4.6/5

2 reviews

Has ancient paintings

Chappel with different paintings, ground floor upside full of ancient painting. Many have to visit that place, I want to visit again peaceful prayer room, outside sceneries are good.

Venu Krishnan

Venu Krishnan3.9/5

12 reviews

Just beautiful

The paintings at the chapel are just lovely. It depicts from the birth till the death of Christ. A very informative guide also is always available at the chapel.

Ravi Patil

Ravi Patil3.9/5

15 reviews

Visit to see nice colorful paintings.

It is a small church but has nice colorful paintings on the walls and roof. The photography is not allowed inside the chapel or church. The travellers can visit once.

Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n5.0/5

522 reviews

Holy Chapel

St. Aloysious Chapel is located in the campus of St Aloysius college which is in the heart of the city. This chapel is well known for its beautiful wall paintings. This has more than hundred years of history.

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