The winter is here and the Christmas as well! While we are eagerly waiting for Christmas holidays, pre-planning is a done deal. Sure you are planning for some exotic destination but Christmas is also about prayers and carols. So, isn't it nice to give some attention to God as well? Yeah, a journey around some of the most beautiful churches in India is a visual delight during Christmas.
Of course, one can't spend all the holidays in religious travel but they can include a sacred place for sure. Christianity came with the rush of colonialism in India. Today, the country is dotted with enticing church architectures.
In fact, it is wonderful to explore them as heritage structures as well. While ancient churches attract visitors for their rustic charm, the new ones shine in contemporary design. Especially, during Christmas, these churches look colourful and flamboyant. Some of them are also the landmark destinations in India. So, isn't it interesting to explore such places that are filled with a rich history and architecture?
Let us make a virtual tour around the beautiful churches in India
St.Philomena's Church – Mysore
St.Philomena's Church, which is also known as St. Joseph's Church, is one of the tallest churches in India. St.Philomena's Church was built in Mysore in the year 1936.
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San Thome Basilica Chennai
San Thome Basilica was first constructed by the Portuguese. Later, it was renovated and got a status of the Cathedral during the British time. San Thome Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Chennai.
Basilica of Bom Jesus- Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds the mortal remains of St.Francis Xavier. This church is one of the top tourist attractions in Old Goa tours.
All Saint's Cathedral – Allahabad
All Saint's Cathedral is one of the European architectures. It is built in Gothic style and is one of the popular churches in North India.
Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Pondicherry
Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus is built in Gothic style with a native touch. This church is one of the famous churches in Pondicherry.
Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom in Kerala
Locally known as Vallarpadam Church, it is one of popular pilgrimage place for Christians. The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom is dedicated to Goddess Mary and called as Vallarpadathamma.
St.Paul's Cathedral in Diu
St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the Portuguese architectures located at Diu. It is dedicated to St.Paul, an apostle of Jesus. The church is one of the top tourist places in Diu.
Our Lady of Ransom Church – Kanyakumari
Our Lady of Ransom Church is one of the prominent Christian religious places in Kanyakumari. A small church was there during 16th century, a big church with Roman architecture was built in the 18th century.
St.Mary's Basilica in Bengaluru
St.Mary's Basilica is a 17th architecture located in Bengaluru. It is a Roman Catholic Church with Gothic Style. St.Mary's Basilica is one among the heritages of Bengaluru.
Vinnaithandi Varuvaya Church in Kerala
Pulinkunnoo is a small island village on the backwaters of Alappuzha. The St.Mary's Church or the Pulinkunnoo Church became famous after the Tamil hit movie Vinnaithandi Varuvaya. This church with a backdrop of water is one of the top churches in Kerala.
St.Paul's Cathedral in Kolkata
St.Paul's Cathedral is one of the prominent landmarks of Kolkata. This grand British architecture is built in Indo-Gothic style. Today, the impressive structure of St.Paul's Cathedral is also one of the top tourist places in Kolkata.
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St.Thomas Cathedral in Mumbai
St.Thomas Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in India. It is a British architecture which serves as one of the historical places in Mumbai.