Christmas season: A tour of churches in India

Many churches in India boast of a unique architecture
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India’s vibrant, layered architectural heritage includes a variety of churches. Australian author Joanne Taylor’s recent book, The Churches of India, is a delightful journey into the world of India’s churches across the country. And there’s no better season than the run-up to Christmas to acquaint the traveller with these unique churches. Take a photo tour:

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The Infant Jesus Church and Shrine near Bengaluru is a Catholic church built in 1971. It is the largest church in Karnataka with Hindu features.

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The Cathedral of the Redemption in New Delhi has features designed by both Sir Edwin Lutyens and well-known English architect Henry Alexander Nesbitt Medd.

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St Stephan’s Church, in Bandra, Mumbai is also known as ‘Little Church on the Hill’ and is one of the ‘prettiest churches in Bandra’.

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The three facades of the St George Syro-Jacobite Church in Kottayam, Kerala, has an interesting mix of local and European architecture.

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St John’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Tiruvalla is a Syro-Malankara Catholic cathedral in Kerala. The architect was the famous Laurie Baker.

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St James’s Church is a 19th-century Protestant church in Kolkata that is famous for its Christmas mass.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel is a Roman Catholic church in Villianur near Puducherry, and it is modelled after a famous Basilica in France.

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Devotees pour oil into a granite cross lamp in Kerala.