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.
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.
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’.
The three facades of the St George Syro-Jacobite Church in Kottayam, Kerala, has an interesting mix of local and European architecture.
St John’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Tiruvalla is a Syro-Malankara Catholic cathedral in Kerala. The architect was the famous Laurie Baker.
St James’s Church is a 19th-century Protestant church in Kolkata that is famous for its Christmas mass.
Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel is a Roman Catholic church in Villianur near Puducherry, and it is modelled after a famous Basilica in France.
Devotees pour oil into a granite cross lamp in Kerala.