Christmas 2021: India has been ruled by several communities over the years. Dutch, Portuguese, French and English – over the years, some communities have called India home and seem to make a living there. Because of colonial culture, many beautiful churches were built in various corners of the country, for public prayer. Later, the Indian government took the decision to keep these churches from losing their ethnic character. Here are some churches in India that you must visit.
Bom Jesus Basilica, Goa
Construction of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa began in 1594 and lasted for decades. Located in Goa, this church has Baroque architecture and is about 400 years old. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
All Saints Church, Coonoor
Built in 1854, All Saints Church in Coonoor is known for its beautiful wooden interiors. The stained glass windows take you back to the British colonial era and the building also has a dome structure surrounded by pine trees. This church doesn’t attract many tourists, but it is one of the most peaceful places to visit if you are in the Coonoor area.
Basilica of the Holy Cross, Kochi
The Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi is one of the best places of Christian worship in India. This is the second cathedral built by the Portuguese. It has the best painting pictures of Via Crucis of Christ. The church has certain visiting hours for tourists and visitors.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Pondicherry
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Pondicherry is the most famous tourist attraction, founded in 1686. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Peters and originally served as a chapel. During the British invasion, this cathedral was the only building that survived.
Velankanni Church, Velankanni
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