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12 Of The Most Beautiful & Oldest Churches In India

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Feast your eyes on these churches. HolidayIQ Travellers pick interesting ones.

12 Of The Most Beautiful & Oldest Churches In India:

  1. All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
  2. Santa Cruz Cathedral, Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  3. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Panjim (Goa)
  4. Moravian Church, Ladakh (Leh) (Jammu & Kashmir)
  5. St Francis Church, Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  6. Medak (Telangana)
  7. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  8. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  9. Guruvayur (Kerala)
  10. Church of Reis Magos, Caranzalem (Goa)
  11. Goa
  12. St. Aloysious Chapel, Mangalore (Karnataka)

1. All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad

All Saints Cathedral, Allahabadsource: Flickr -Ptwo

HolidayIQ Traveller Amshuman Murali Mohan from Bangalore shares, “One of the oldest and largest churches built in Ancient India, paradise of people who love History, cannot be explained in words, beautiful place in Allahabad.”

2. Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi

Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochisource: Flickr - Sudheesh S

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares, “This is situated at fort Kochi and is one of the finest churches of Kerala. There are lovely paintings inside the church on the walls and ceiling. Outside there is a lovely garden/park. This place should be on your list while visiting fort Kochi.”

3. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goasource: parrikar.com

HolidayIQ Traveller A S says, “This is a heritage place and one of the most popular tourist attractions of south Goa. The building and the park is really very scenic and you will find many tourist getting pictures clicked in from of the building. This place is popular because of St. Francis Xavier's relics and it is said that the nails are still growing. It is kept at a particular height so the view would not be that great but you are allowed to click pictures and on special occasion they bring it down when the relics is visible properly. Ensure you take a guide to know some interesting stories around it.”

4. Moravian Church, Leh

Moravian Church, Lehsource: wikimedia

Like all other attractions in Leh, the Moravian Church also has its unique charm. Located at a height of more than 11,000 feet, it is one of the highest churches in India.

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5. St Francis Church, Kochi

St Francis Church, Kochisource: Flickr - Heymrleej

HolidayIQ Traveller A S from Hyderabad shares, “St Francis church was built around 500 years back and is still standing tall. The architecture is of European style and it is famous because the famous Portuguese traveler Vasco da Gama was originally buried here in this church.” HolidayIQ traveller Urvashi R from Bangalore adds, “The remains of Vasco da Gama were apparently buried here, but were later shifted to his hometown. The grave marker still remains. The church has some interesting slabs of stone with (maybe) Spanish or Latin carvings.”         

6. Medak Cathedral, Medak, Telangana

Medak Cathedral, Medak, Telanganasource: Wikipedia

Designed in the Gothic revival style and is adorned with six different coloured mosaic tiles. The huge pillars built with grey stone support the gallery of the church and the square shaped valuators fixed on the ceilings, along with the hollow sponge material, make the church sound-proof. The stained glass windows of the church are one of its prominent attractions that represent different instances of the life of Jesus Christ. These windows were designed by Sir O. Salisbury of England.

7. The Christ Church, Shimla

The Christ Church, Shimlasource: Flickr - Samir Azad

HolidayIQ Traveller Ramnivas Rao from Vapi shares, “Dominating the top of the Ridge, Christ Church is the second-oldest church in Northern India. Built in the Neo-Gothic style, the church used to serve the large Anglican British community back when Shimla was a British town a very good church.”

8. Mt. Mary Church, Mumbai

Mt. Mary Church, Mumbaisource: Wikipedia

The basilica stands on hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea. During the Bandra Fair, the entire area is decorated with festoons and buntings. Many pitch up stalls selling religious articles, roasted grams, snacks and sweets. Wax figures of the Virgin Mary, along with an assortment of candles shaped like hands, feet and various other parts of the body are sold at kiosks. The sick and the suffering choose a candle or wax figure that corresponds to their ailment and light it in Church, with the pious hope that Mother Mary will consider their appeals for help.

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9. St. Thomas Church, Guruvayoor

St. Thomas Church, Guruvayoorsource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ Traveller George shares, “The name itself tells you that it is a religious location. People from across the world come to visit Our Lady of Health, Velankanni. Everybody who knows about Mother Mary definitely knows the importance of visiting this church. It is a very old, big and beautiful church. I recommend people to visit this church at least once in your lifetime and put forth your prayers to the Lady of Health and you will find great peace in your life and will long to visit this place again and again.”

10. Church of Reis Magos, Caranzalem

Church of Reis Magos, Caranzalemsource: wikimedia

The interiors of the church are quite colourful and impressive - the multi-coloured wood relief showing the Three Wise Men (Reis Magos) bearing gifts to the baby Jesus, which is the centerpiece of the elaborately carved and painted reredos behind the high altar. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Amnohar from Chennai shares, “Worth visiting and the place with lot of in formations. Close by a beautiful attraction. Windy place which is really enjoyable. There basement in which water stores in every year which is being supplied to ships.”

11. The Se Cathedral, Goa

The Se Cathedral, Goasource: holidayiq.com

Apart from its spectacular location, the church is the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Nishitha says, “Architecture of the church is very beautiful and people who love architecture will love this place a lot.”

12. St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangaloresource: wikimedia

HolidayIQ traveller Nishitha K n from Mysore shares, “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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