India is not only known for its magnificent temples but also for its stunning churches. Christianity was introduced in India in around 52 AD. These churches have great architecture of different styles that mesmerize the travelers. Here are the some of the most beautiful churches in India that you should visit.
1. Christ Church, Shimla:
Built in 1857, it is the second oldest church in the Northern part of India. The Christ Church has Neo-Gothic styled architecture that attracts many tourists. You can find this church in the center of the Shimla city. The prayer is done here in Hindi as well as English languages.
2. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa:
Situated in Old Goa, it is one of the most popular churches in India displaying the best example of Baroque-style architecture. The church is nearly 300 years old and also has a museum. St. Francis Xavier’s relics which are on display are the highlights of the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
3. Medak Cathedral, Telangana:
Medak Cathedral,designed in Gothic Revival style, is the biggest church in the South Indian state Telangana and the world’s second largest diocese. Stained glass windows, a 175ft high bell-tower, decorative huge pillars and multi-colored mosaic tiles are the major attractions of the Medak Cathedral.
4. Velankanni Church, Tamil Nadu:
Located in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, Velankanni church is one of the must-visit churches in India. This church is also known by the name “Lourdes of the East”. The church is famous for its basilica devoted to ‘Lady of Health’. According to beliefs, when a worshiper offers candle to Mother Mary, he get rid of his illness.
5. Se Cathedral Church, Goa:
Dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, the church is popular for its Portuguese-Manueline architecture style and Golden Bell. Se Cathedral in Goa is also among the Asia’s largest churches. The old paintings on the main altar looks amazing, thus don’t forget to see them whenever you visit Se Cathedral Church.
6. All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad:
Also called Patthar Girja, All Saints Cathedral is constructed in Gothic style in the late 19th century. The church measures 240 feet in length and 65 feet in breadth. All Saints Cathedral is known for its excellent glass and marble work, so you must see this spellbind church.
7. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa:
Located in Goa’s capital Panjim, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the colonial Portuguese-Baroque style church. There are 2 flanking altars on the right and left side dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and Jesus Crucified respectively. A festival is also celebrated annually in the month of December, thus don’t miss it.