t is the season of Christmas and Bangalore is in a holiday mood with school children enjoying their vacation, people decorating their Xmas trees and planning the Christmas crib.
St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral at Promenade Rd, Cleveland Town, Frazer Town, Bengaluru - 560005.
It is also the time when Churches in Bangalore are all painted, decorated and ready to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. Here, you can catch all the decorated Xmas trees, the Christmas Cribs, beautiful lighting, and Christmas Carols. I have captured some pictures with my Sony DSC-W290 of the well known churches of Bangalore with some details that could help you to make a visit to any one of the Churches. So, let me start with the Church next to St.Aloysius school where I did my schooling.
Immaculate Conception and memorial of catholic soldiers at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral compound.
St.Anthony's Shrine at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral compound.
St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral has its origins in a church by the same name, which has a history of nearly 165 years. In 1905, when the cross from the old tower of the church fell, it was interpreted as a sign to build a new structure. Father Servanton raised funds for the new edifice which was opened in 1932. In 1940, the church was designated a cathedral, writes Pushpa Achanta
St. John's Church at St Johns Church Rd, Cleveland Town, Frazer Town Bengaluru, 560005.
C.S.I Wesley English Church at 11, Promenade Road, Coles Park , Bangalore- 560005.
St. John’s Church is the fourth oldest Protestant Church in Bangalore. The Church was consecrated on 12th April 1858 by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Dealtry, Third Bishop of Madras, and dedicated to St. John the Evangelist and so renamed as “St. John’s Church”. With this the name of Mootocherry was changed to “St. John’s Hill” and the road south of the Church was named “St. John’s Church Road” leading to the St. John’s Road near Ulsoor Lake. The local people called the Church “Sigapoo Oosimatha Koil” which means the “Red Church”.
St. MARY’S BASILICA at Msgr. F. Noronha Road Shivajinagar Bangalore - 560051
Holy Ghost Church at Davis Rd, Pillanna Garden, Richards Town Bangalore – 560084
St. Mary's Basilica is a basilica located in the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the oldest church in Bangalore and is the only church in the state that has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica. It is famous for the festivities held during the St. Mary's Feast in the month of September each year, an event that attracts a number of devotees from in and around Bangalore.
St. Andrews Church at No.27, Cubbon Road, Bangalore-560001
May 24, 1953, Archbishop A.S.Colas, of Pondicherry, blessed and opened Holy Ghost Church on Pentecost Sunday, the feast of the Patron. From that day this granite church, characterized by walls of great height, a spacious marble-floored sanctuary and lofty galleries and windows, has been a centre of sacramental life and worship.
This Church of Scotland was erected and opened for public worship on 18 November 1886, two years after its foundation stone was laid by Lady Hope Grant. It is of Gothic Architecture and accommodates about five hundred. The building is surrounded by a tower which holds the Municipal Jubilee Memorial Clock with four dials which was a great convenience to the people who lived around it.
C.S.I East Parade Church at No.15, M.G. Road, Bangalore 560001.
Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Church Rd, Halasuru, Near MG Road - Bengaluru.
East Parade Church derives its name from its location on the East side of the extensive Parade ground which in those days covered the entire area from Cubbon Park to the present day Dickenson Road.
The Church was built by Wesleyan Methodist missionaries for the use of British soldiers stationed in Bangalore Cantonment, following Wesleyan traditions of worship. The Church was built in 1865 and was the earliest Church built by them in the Mysore District. A clear inscription on one of the built up stones of the church shows a date 6 th -Oct -1863 which is presumably the date the foundation was laid.
Built in the English Renaissance style in 1848-51, Holy Trinity Church is on the east end of the Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bangalore. The Church was built for the British Army stationed in Bangalore Cantonment.
St. Lourdes Church at No.14, Cambridge Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore - 560008.
The Foundation stone was laid by MGR. M.DESPATURES.D.D Bishop of Mysore on 10 January 1937.
Hudson Memorial Church at Hudson Circle, Sampangirama Nagar, Near City Corporation, Bengaluru.
Hudson Memorial Church is one of the major landmarks of the city. It lies in the middle of Hudson circle near Bangalore City Corporation. The church was built in 1904, in memory of Rev Josiah Hudson. This impressive structure with a tower and several stained glass windows is an example for the neo-gothic style of architecture.
ST.MARKS CATHEDRAL at #1, M.G. Road, Bangalore - 560001
Infant Jesus Shrine at Bazaar Street, Vivek Nagar Bengaluru
St. Marks Cathedral was founded in 1808 and was completed in 1812. The Bishop of Calcutta consecrated this Cathedral in 1816. This Cathedral is a beautiful colonial structure having a graceful dome over a semicircular chancel that transports the visitor almost immediately into tranquility.
Sacred Heart Church at Xavier Layout, Victoria Layout, Bengaluru.
Infant Jesus Church at Vivek Nagar, which is now the biggest church in Karnataka and a popular pilgrimage centre, has a long history of sacrifice and devotion. The Church was first conceived by Fr. Paul Kinatukara in the sixties and the foundation was laid in April 1970 by Rev.Dr.Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore. The missionary zeal (in spite of daunting hurdles) of Fr. L. Peter established the church on a firm footing and the church was opened to devotees in the year 1979, to honour and glorify the divine Infant Jesus of Prague.
The Sacred Heart Church in Bangalore, is almost a century old. The church is rich in both French and Gothic architectural styles and is built using granite, marble and stone.
St Patrick's Church at Richmond Town, Bengaluru.
Church under renovation..picture will be posted soon...
St. Antony's shrine at St Patrick's Church at Richmond Town, Bengaluru.
Adoration Chapel at St Patrick's Church at Richmond Town, Bengaluru.
St. Joseph's Church at Fr. Briand Square, Tharagupete - Bangalore.
St. Joseph's church was built in 1857 and is one of the oldest churches in Bangalore.
Ascension Church at D Costa Layout, Cooke Town Bangalore.