Sunday, 20 December 2009

Walking around St. Mary's Basilica, Bangalore

So I was in Bangalore in January, taking in the sights with a couple of friends. We had toured Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh in the morning and afternoon, and evening found us in front of St Mary's Basilica.

This has got to be one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot of churches. Check out the beautiful gate.

And the carving beside it.

The church steeple greatly impressed us. I've never seen anything like it in India so far. The roofs of most churches here tend to be wide, sloping, triangular steeples, and not sheer ones like this.

The church interiors were stunning.

Here's a closer look at the pillars.

Continuing on our walk around the church, we discovered a commemorative stone tablet marking the church's transition to a minor basilica. Now , the difference between a church and basilica is one of ecclesiastical significance i.e having to do with Church affairs, like the privilege of special ceremonial rites, for example.

Further on, around the back of the basilica, we came across this pictorial representation of the Prodigal son parable.

I clicked a few last pics on my way out, trying to capture the beautiful atmosphere around the building.

My entire South India '09 adventure can be read here. Do you have any great pictures and stories of churches in India or elsewhere? Link to them in the comments section.



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