Mumbai, the bustling city of India is popular for its many business centres, entertainment hubs, Bollywood frenzy and crowded trains. But there is another side to this rather hectic city, a calmer, more peaceful and beautiful side. If you are tempted to explore the calmer and more peaceful Mumbai, head to the top churches in the city this festive season.
The churches in the city are more than religious symbols, they signify tasteful architecture, an oasis of peace and calm. They signify a place that welcomes all regardless of their backgrounds to share in the eternal sense of hope and joy. Explore the five famous churches of Mumbai.
Mount Mary Church
The Baslica of Our Lady of the Mount Church also known as the Mount Mary Church is located in the posh locality of Bandra in Mumbai. The church displays exquisite charm on the outside as well as the interiors that reflect an old world beauty with its wall murals and pretty woodwork. The lovely church sits atop a hill at 80 mt above sea level and provides stunning views of the Arabian Sea. The church actually can be traced back to the 16th century but the present edifice of the church is only over 100 years old. It draws thousands of disciples from various faiths, who pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary seeking good health and protection.
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St. Michael's Church
It is among the oldest Portuguese structures in the city, the St. Michael's Church or Mahim Church is the oldest Roman Catholic shrine in the city. Located on the Mahim Causeway Intersection, the church's current structure dates back to 1973 and is simple and minimalistic in design. The church is popular for the Novenas held on Wednesdays and devotees pay their respects to mother Virgin Mary on this day as well. The church was in the spotlight when a picture of Lord Jesus looked like it was bleeding from the heart, however, after scientific analysis the red spots were confirmed not to be blood. Over 50,000 devotees visit the temple every week and include people from different religious backgrounds.
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St. Thomas Cathedral
Located at Nariman Point in Mumbai is another popular church in the city, the St. Thomas Cathedral. The church is the first Anglican church in the city and is also among the oldest historical structures here. The exquisite church is also the reason for the nearby railway station being named Churchgate. The church is well-known for its exquisite interiors and some of the noteworthy features include the lovely stained glass windows, detailed paintings, the tombstones of the British and the inscribed tablets beside them.
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St Anne's Church
Among the most beautiful churches of Mumbai is the St Anne's Church. Built in stone in the Neo-Gothic, it was initially a private chapel. Situated in Mazgaon, this Catholic church is said to be over 125 years old. The church has several detailed artwork that depicts the scenes from the life and struggles of Lord Jesus. The church is popular both among its devotees as well as travellers who make it a point to visit this church as a part of their Mumbai Darshan. Noteworthy features include the stained glass windows, beautiful figurines, tall arched roofs and charming lighting.
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St. Andrews Church
Visiting the St. Andrew's Church in the suburbs of Bandra in Mumbai is liking stepping back in time into the 16th century! Built by the Portuguese, the church is among the oldest in the city and is a great example of a heritage monument with its architecture and features. Located at the high altar are the statues of the Sacred Heart, the statue of Our Lady and St. Andrew. The altars in wood are intricately carved depicting perfectly the Portuguese style. Among the beautiful features of the church that you must not miss is the the city's largest and oldest stone cross that is located within the courtyard of the church and is built from a single stone!
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