12 Historical Churches In Bangalore That Are Perfect For Christmas Mass
By: Soumya Prasad on Dec 24th, 2015
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1. East Parade Church, MG Road

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. Situated in the heart of the city, this church is a must-visit for one and all.

2. Hudson Memorial Church, Hudson Circle
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This church is located in the busy area of City Corporation and is 110 years old. This impressive structure with a tower and several stained glass windows is an example of the neo-gothic style of architecture. Gothic architecture is characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulted ceilings, quarter foil openings, lancet windows and stained glass. These elements combined with intricate carvings lead to an airy style of architecture.

3. Infant Jesus Shrine, Viveknagar
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Established in 1971 in Viveknagar in Bangalore, the church is dedicated to Infant Jesus. It is known as the Infant Jesus Shrine and was built to commemorate the historic Infant Jesus of Prague; since then numerous miracles have been attributed to the shrine, leading to its increasing popularity.

4. St Andrew's Church, Cubbon Road
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St. Andrew’s Church, a Presbyterian church located on Cubbon Road, is of a massive, orthodoxical Presbyterian Scottish architecture, with a tall belfry and chiming clock at the apex of its tower, bearing its name after the patron saint of Scotland, St. Andrew.

5. St Francis Xavier Cathedral, St John Road
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St Francis Xavier Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangalore in India. The first church of St. Francis Xavier was constructed in 1851. Due to the huge increase in the Catholic population, this church eventually became inadequate. Hence in 1911, the foundation stone was laid for a new church. This church also houses a shrine dedicated to St Anthony.

6. Sacred Heart Church, Ashok Nagar
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This church, built in 1867, is a rare combination of the Gothic and French styles of architecture consisting of solid blocks of granite rock, marble interiors, beautifully sculpted statutes and pillars decorated with Corinthian-style carvings. The church features typical Roman-style side altars, two parallel column towers and a mighty bell from Italy.

7. St Luke's Church, K R Market

St Luke’s Church in Chamarajpet, Bangalore, is a Protestant Church under the banner of Church of South India. The Worship services here are mainly conducted in Tamil.

8. St Mark's Cathedral, MG Road
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St. Mark's Cathedral dates back as far as 1808 and is known for its beautiful colonial facade, large dome, external bells, elaborate carvings, woodwork and monuments. It was originally built in 1808 and enlarged in 1901.

9. St Mary's Basilica, Shivajinagar
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St. Mary's Basilica is the oldest church in Bangalore. It was originally built as a small chapel in 1818 and was transformed into the present grand Gothic-style church some 60 years later. The stately arches of the church are supported by stained glass windows and multiple columns built in a rich Corinthian style.

10. St Patrick's Church, Brigade Road

The second oldest Catholic Church (after St Mary's) is the 150-year-old St. Patrick's Church. The foundation was laid in July 1841 and the building was completed in 1844. It has a beautiful arched entrance flanked by twin columns. The interior of the church has twelve graceful pillars which symbolize the twelve apostles. The twin spires of the Church are a landmark in the city cantonment.

11. St Joseph's Church, Mysore Road

This church was built in memory of Fr Briand in 1867, and it is the only church in Bangalore with a crypt.

12. All Saints Church, Brigade Road

Rev S.T. Pettigrew, the founder of Bishop Cotton’s School, also founded the All Saints Church. The foundation stone for this structure was laid on 27th November, 1869 and the church was consecrated on 17th October, 1870.

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Soumya is a techie during the day and a passionate writer by night. A self-confessed bibliophile and a hardcore romantic, everything around her inspires her to write. Love is her favourite topic and she draws inspiration from day-to-day life to create characters and spin tales. A fashion addict and a closet baker, apart from writing she spends her ...   Read more
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