Renowned as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India, Pondicherry has a great historical background as a French colony. Pondicherry is one of the francophone locations in the world and you can still witness the colonial past etched into the great city and lives of the locals. This coastal town in South India still has remnants of colonial statues, churches and buildings.
This popular tourist destination in India boasts of several architecturally significant churches influenced by the unique fusion of cultural heritage. The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine are some of the significant churches you can visit during your holiday to Pondicherry. A visit to these religious sites is not only a popular pilgrimage for the Christian and Catholic devotees, but also a great experience for the non-Christian visitors to these places.
Located in the south boulevard, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a fascinating representation of Gothic architecture. You can witness the intricately designed unique stained glass panels which portray important landmarks from the life of Jesus Christ. Dating back to the 18th century, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was built by French missionaries.
The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges also known as The Church of Our Lady of Angles is a remarkable historical building which resembles outstanding masonry. During your visit to the place you will notice the features of both Doric and Ionic styles in the imposing facade. Before you enter the church you can get a glimpse of the statue of Our Lady carrying Baby Jesus standing tall in front of the church. This church is considered as a perfect resemblance of the Basilica at Lourdes in Southern France.
Situated on the Cathedral Street in Pondicherry, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is another ancient church which was built in 1692. After going through several modifications, the cathedral took its current form in 1791. This church is significant as it is one of the first churches built in Pondicherry. It houses an orphanage and still receives the highest respect of the devotees.
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