The Sea-route of India was discovered by Vasco-de-Gama in 1498 and his discovery opened the doors for Europe to establish trade and commerce relationship with India. Their trade ambitions turned into being ruler of this country; therefore, they have controlled its territory at the same time. India was ruled by many European countries that start from Portugal, Dutch, and British to French. While being in India, many worshiping places were built by them like churches which are perfect specimen of European and Indian architecture. At present, churches have been leading tourism products that can be ignored while travelling in India. If you have a plan to visit India, you must visit churches which have been included in this post as well.
Akbar’s Church in Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Akbar’s Church in Agra was built by third Mughal ruler, Akbar in 1600, is known as of the oldest churches in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the first Roman Catholic Churche of Mughal era. Akbar, who showed his desire to learn about Christianity that is why, he invited the Father Antoine de Monserrat, The Father Francois Henriques, and The Father Rodolfe Aquauiua and donated land to build a church in Agra. The ambience of its surrounding is soothing and gives tranquility to the mind. Many visitors visit this church every year. The good thing about this church is that it can be visited while operating same day Agra tour from Delhi or Golden triangle tour.
St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal in Alleppey, Kerala
St. Andrew’s Basilica is named after the name of St. Andrew who was one of the 12 apostles, is much revered name in Christianity and is situated in Kerala. This place turned out of the one of the most sacred places in India among Christian people. In the month of January, The Arthunkal Perunnal festival is celebrated with a great pomp and show which attracts the people from all the corners of the India and beyond and it lasts for nearly 10 days.
Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi
If you wish to visit one of the best churches in India, no other names strikes to your mind except Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese. The frescoes in the columns, its aesthetic glass, and its huge canvas painting are the most striking features that can captivate visitors easily. The architecture work of this church is a blend of European and Indian that can be a good treat to your eyes.
All Saints Church, Coonoor
All Saints Church at Coonoor was constructed in 1854. It is also known as an Anglican church which is decorated with stunning wooden interiors. By way of visiting this place, you will come to known the expertise of British in the field of construction. The devotees of this church are known as protestant who follow the modified rule of the Bible. It is situated in the isolated area therefore a less number of people visited here. This can be a good place for those who are peace and tranquility seekers. The best time to visit this place starts from November to January.
Velankanni Church, Velankanni
Velankanni Church is nestled on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The architecture of this church is appealing that cannot take your eyes from Velankanni Church in Tamil Nadu. This city is one of the sacred cities for Christian people declared by the pope. It attracts not only domestic but also inbound tourists. Whenever you get an opportunity to visit this place, do not give a miss because it is enthralling. The best time to be there starts from December to February.
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours, Kerala
Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours is settled at Thrissur in Kerala. It is Catholic Church which is also 3rd tallest church in Asia. The architecture of this church is based on Indo Gothic style which covers the area of 25000 square feet. It houses skyrocketing belfries which is situated at the entrance, double stories aisles, and eleven alters. It is one of the largest churches in Kerala and its interior is decorated with appealing murals, frescoes, scriptures, and many more.
Mae De Deus Church, Goa
Mae De Deus Church is located in Goa which comes on the list of one of the leading and mesmerizing churches in Goa. It is a fact that Goa was ruled by Portuguese people after 14 years of independence, it means they left Goa in 1961, therefore, Goa has many churches, but Mae De Deus Church is a leading one and earned its name from far and wide. It has been built in a graceful manner and its architecture is based on gothic architecture. It looks stunning if you visit at night because it gets illuminated, moreover, gives unforgettable view.
Church of St. Cajetan, Goa
If you happen to be in south Goa, you are advised to keep it in your itinerary to explore as one of the most stunning churches in Goa. Its architecture is based on Corinthian architecture and houses of Baroque style of carvings. It has been visited by many tourists every year and appreciated by them.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
In 1605, Basilica of Bom Jesus has been built in Goa known as one of the oldest and pious churches in India because it has mortal of St.Francis Xavier who was a famous Jesuit Saint. It is a one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. It consists of marble flooring which is inlaid with precious stones, marble gilded altars, and paintings.
Christ Church, Shimla
Christ Church is situated in the downtown of Shimla which is believed to be one of the oldest churches of North India. It is built during the British era which is why it reflects the British and new-gothic architecture. It contains five glass windows that represent five different faith of Christianity, like patience, fortitude, humility, hope, and charity.