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The second largest city in Karnataka is Mysore which is also known as the “City of Sandalwood”. Mysore lies 140 kilometers away from the capital of Karnataka that is Bangalore in the south west. Mysore city s spread over an area of 128.42 square kilometers and is found to be situated at the bottom of the Chamundi Hills. Mysore also serves as one of the main centers for tourists in Karnataka throughout the year. Mysore has also been given another name that is the “Palace City of India” because of the large number of palaces that is consists of. The Mysore palace that is found located in the city serves to be one of the major tourist attractions in India leaving behind the Qutab Minar and the Red Fort. Apart from the palaces and the garden that are found in Mysore, there are Masjids, Mosques, Temples, Gurudwaras and Churches also found in some places within the city. All the religious places found in Mysore are found to be structured and designed during the era of the Maharajas of Mysore and it is only because of this reason that the Temples, Churches, Mosques and the Gurudwaras possess a distinct and unique style in form and architecture.
The most significant Churches in Mysore have been described below:
Bethel Bible Baptists Church in Mysore
The Bethel Bible Baptist Church came into being in the April month of 1997 and the main aim of the church is to teach the followers of Christianity, the essence and the teachings of the religion. The primary purpose of the church is to develop the educational and the religious beliefs of the people. Location: Bethel Biblical Baptist Church 15th Main, N.R Mohalla, Mysore Phone: 2498593
Saint Philomena Cathedral in Mysore
Saint Philomena Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral located in Mysore, Karnataka. This cathedral was built in the year 1956 and it is one of the largest churches in India. The style that has been used in making the church is Gothic consisting of lofty towers and windows made of gorgeous galls stain. The church is illuminated in the evening and this serves to be the best time to visit the church as the illumination transforms the beauty of the church into a wonderful sight that is worth beholding. Many people have compared Saint Philomena Cathedral to the German Cathedral that lies in central India. The German Cathedral comprises of a French statue of a Greek saint that is priceless and it is the beauty of this cathedral to which Saint Philomena Cathedral is compared to.
The cathedral is located on Cathedral Road and it ranks among the most majestic and scintillating churches in India. The church was designed brilliantly by Reverend Rene Feuge and it is a colossal example of Gothic art and architecture implemented in crafting designs and styles of the church.
Saint Philomena’s Cathedral also consists of twin spires that are 175 feet high and are visible from miles away from the church. It is the large and gigantic built of the spires that makes them a distinctive landmark for the city of Mysore. More than eight hundred people can easily be seated in the nave or the main hall of the cathedral which is also considered to serve as an amazing fact about the church. The interiors of the church have been conceived exquisitely and are comparatively more beautiful that the exteriors that have been ornately crafted. The interiors of the church also consist of windows made out of exclusively stained glass that depict scenes from the Last Supper, the Birth of Christ, the Resurrection, the Crusification and Christ’s Ascension. The cathedral consists of a statue of Saint Philomena that has been brought from France. Saint Philomena was a very famous 3rd Century saint who belonged to Greece. Location: St Philomena's Church St. Joseph Cathedral Mysore Phone: 2563148
Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral in Mysore
Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral is a great example of cultural harmony that has been fabricated in the social and the professional life of the people of Mysore. This church is a living example of peace and harmony and anybody in search of these feelings can always visit Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral. Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral was erected in 1830 which is considered as the colonial era in the country. The church is one of the oldest churches in India and it is one of the main distinctions possessed by the church. This church is very famous throughout Mysore and even India. It was built as a memorial for Saint Bartholomew who is considered as one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. The church was established during the reign of the then King of Mysore, Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. The king gifted a piece of land for holy purpose and this land was used for the erection of the church in 1830.
The History Behind
After the end of the era of Tipu Sultan in Mysore, large number of Europeans started migrating and then settling down in Mysore. This led to the growth f the Christina population in Mysore resulting in the demand of a religious or holy place for the Christians to offer their prayers. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the then King of Mysore, was very generous to offer land for the purpose of building a church for the community of Christians living in his empire. This is how Saint Bartholomew’s Cathedral came into being.
Apart from these two churches that have been described above, there are other small churches found around the city but they do not have a significant distinction that can be summed up. The Christian population of Mysore is not very large but there are people from the Christian community residing in Mysore and it is only because of this reason that the city is gaining its popularity among the Christians as well. In the name of Churches in Mysore, there are only a few to name but the growth process taking place in Mysore has resulted in the growth of various communities of people leading to the development of different types of religious and holy places for the people. Churches in Mysore are very few but the ones that have been elaborated above are worth visiting at least once. Location: St. Bartholomew's Church Nilgiri Road, Mysore Phone: 2446949