One of the oldest churches in Bangalore the legendary St.Mary's Basilica is a spot of calm in the otherwise chaotic Shivajinagar.
Located across Russell Market Square, the basilica had humble beginnings as a small chapel set up by a travelling Frenchman Abbe Dubois. The chapel was transformed into an ornate Gothic Church by Rev LF Kleiner in 1874.
The baroque structure displays vaulting arches, stained glass windows from Paris and Corinithian capitals with a profusion of bunched grapes.
St. Mary’s Basilica is a spacious gothic Church, designed by a French architect and built in the form of a Cross. It is 172 feet long and 50 feet broad. The imposing and magnificent tower forming the façade of the Church is 160 feet high. A beautiful statue of Mother Mary holding Child Jesus in her arms, 6 feet in height, set up in an attractive shrine just outside the Church building, is the chief object of veneration and source of inspiration for the people. Every day, Our Mother Mary is draped in a ‘Saree’ the typical dress of the Indian lady. It is said that in 1875 when the new Church was built, people tried to remove this statue in order to install it on a prominent altar inside the Church, but they failed in their effort since the statue remained immovable. This strange happening is considered even today as a sign of Our Lady’s miraculous power.
Nice place in very dirty and crowded surrounding
I visited this place when my wife was pregnant as one of her friend advised her to visit St. Mary's Basilica and Infant Jesus Church to take blessings. We were rightly advised not to take risk of driving up to this place and nearby surrounding is very dirty and crowded with no designated place for p...More
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