Christmas 2021: India was ruled by several communities over the years. The Dutch, the Portuguese, the French and the British — over the years several communities called India their home and apparently made a living here. Because of the colonial culture, many beautiful churches were constructed in various parts of the country, for the people of the community to pray. Later, the government of India took over the decision to maintain these churches, so they don’t lose their ethnicity. Here are a few churches in India that you must visit.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
The construction of the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa started in 1594 and took several decades to complete. Situated in Goa, the church has baroque architecture and is around 400 years old. It has been declared as the 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 will take you back to the British colonial area and the building also had a dome-like structure surrounded by Pine trees. The church does not attract a lot of tourists, but it’s one of the most peaceful places to visit if you’re anywhere near Coonoor.
Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi
Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi is one of the most beautiful Christian religious places in India. It is the second cathedral that was built by the Portuguese. It has the most beautiful painted images of Via Crucis of Christ. The church has certain visiting hours for tourists and visitors.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry
Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pondicherry is the most famous tourist attraction established in 1686. It is dedicated to St. Peters and initially served as a chapel. During the British invasion, this Cathedral was the only structure that survived.
Velankanni Church, Velankanni
One of the most beautiful churches in Tamil Nadu is the Velankanni Church in Velankanni. It is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and this city has been declared by the Pope.
Devotees and tourists from across the globe visit the church to take a look at the majestic architecture.
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