Christmas is the most satisfying times to visit some of the well-known churches that carry out the ceremony spectacularly. There are many famous basilicas and churches in India that offer impressive illustrations, cheery Christmas carols, and an ambience that entreat the right enthusiasm in you. From the beachy Goa to the breezy Imphal, we have compiled the most beautiful and famous churches in India to celebrate Christmas.
1. Se Cathedral Church, Goa
PC: Klaus Nahr
Se Cathedral, one of the grandest churches in India, is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. This church was built to commemorate the triumph of Portuguese over Muslim militia. Consequently, the Portuguese took over Goa in 1510. The day of this victory was on the feast of Saint Catherine. So, the church was devoted to Saint Catherine. The construction of this basilica started in 1562 and completed in 1618. The cathedral is 240 ft high and 180 ft wide. The key attraction of this church is its 'Golden Bell', which is believed to be one of the most impressive bells in the world. There are some old portraits on the main altar of the church devoted to Catherine of Alexandria and is also home to Cross of Miracles.
2. St. George's Syro - Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Champakulam
It is one of the most visited Roman Catholic churches in Kerala and is often called the mother church of Syrian Catholic churches in Kerala. This holy society is said to have been established in AD 593. The architecture of this church has gone through several restorations since its creation. Many archaeological artefacts were found around the church linked to its history. During its recent refurbishments, an ancient picture of the Virgin, surrounded by figures and angels, was found. And it is exhibited at the altar for tourists and devotees.
3. Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Imphal
Roman Catholic Archdiocese, also known as St. Joseph's Cathedral, is one of the most visited churches in Northeast India. It was authenticated as Diocese of Imphal on 28 March 1980. The church is placed at a distance of 5 km away from the chief city of Mantripukhri, Imphal. Its imposing architecture draws tens of thousands of people from in and around Manipur. The striking structure of the church and the rolling hills in its backdrop offers an enchanting and calming effect to devotees as well as tourists.
4. Basilica Of The Holy Rosary Church, Bandel
The Basilica of the Holy Rosary is also recognized as Bandel Church. It is one among the most traditional Christian cathedrals in West Bengal. It was established in 1599 and is devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary. It is a congregation church, which is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta. Badel Church is an exceptional traditional church. And it is well-known not only in West Bengal but in the whole of India as well.
5. Moravian Church, Leh
Situated at an altitude of 3500 m, Moravian Church in Leh is one among the highest churches in India. The church is rudimentary, yet it is a famous gathering place for the smallest of the protestant sects in India. For locals of the city, it is a great place to enjoy Christmas.
6. Parumala Church, Kerala
PC: Joe Ravi
Titled after great Saint Geevargese Mar Gregorios, Parumal Church is one of the major memorials in Munnar town of Kerala. On Christmas Eve, this chapel witness ample crowd. It is primarily a congregation church of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
7. St. Mary's Basilica, Bangalore
PC: Ajith Kumar
Located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore, St. Mary's Basilica is a traditional church where people from all walks of life come to pay respects to the almighty. Built-in the Gothic style, the basilica of St. Mary has been given the status of a minor basilica in the state of Karnataka. Christmas is extraordinary at this place.