St Philomena's Church Mysore
Establishment of St Philomena's Church Mysore
Dedicated to Saint Philomena
Philomena was the loving daughter of a Greek monarch and her parents did not have any children. It I because of this reason that the couple regularly prayed and asked God to sanctify them with a kid and they also promised that if their wish was granted, they would convert into Christians. Next year, Philomena was born to the couple who showed various signs of goodness in her childhood. At thirteen years of age, Philomena was taken by her father to Rome in order to achieve the kindness of Diocletion, the Emperor. Mesmerized by the beauty possessed by Philomena, the kind showed a very strong desire to marry the girl which was refused by Philomena. This led to torture and later on Philomena was beheaded in the Roman city. It was from then onwards that Philomena is considered as a martyr all throughout the world. There are large numbers of churches that have been dedicated to saint Philomena in every part of the world and St Philomena's Church Mysore is one of them.
St Philomena's Church Mysore is something more than a religious property and it has grown to become a famous tourist attraction in Mysore. The church consists of an orphanage that is under the administration of the church.
Facts About St Philomena's Church Mysore
Design and Architecture of the Church The original model of the church came into being during 1799 in order to meet the requirements of the expatriate population from Europe that had migrated to Mysore. Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the then king of Mysore donated the land for the church in 1843. There is an inscription found at the church that proves the fact that the church was built in 1843. The design and the style of the church resembles that of the Cologne Cathedral located in Germany. The church possesses a design that locates spires that are needle like, taller features and a slimmer spot. A Frenchman named Daly was the person behind the design and the architecture of St Philomena's Church Mysore. The construction of the church was over in the year 1941 which was eight years after the stone for the foundation of the church was laid by Kind Krishnaraja Wodeyar III. Avery important point regarding the design and architecture of St Philomena's Church is that both the height and the length of the church are equal(175 feet) and something more interesting about the church is that the plan of this church appears in the form of a cross. The longer section of the cross appears to be the ‘nave’ which serves as the congregation hall of the church. The arms of the cross are the ‘transepts’ while the altar is in the upper area of the church and the choir is found in the area of intersection.
Inside the Church
Inside The church consists of Saint Philomena’s statue that is made of carved marble and is found in the altar of the church. This statue was actually brought from the city of France and then it was placed at St Philomena's Church Mysore. Along with this statue, the church also possesses a statue of Jesus Christ lying down in consecrated wounds. One would also find a number of images that depict biblical events such as last Supper, Crucifixion and Jesus Christ’s Birth and all these images are made of stained glass.
The height of the church is 165 feet and its twin spires touch the sky. The interiors of St Philomena's Church are as beautiful as the exteriors. Both the interior and the exterior of the church are calm and peaceful and it feels like one walks into heaven. Donation to the church are always welcome and they are made in the container kept in the chapel containing the statue of saint Philomena. The interiors are adorned with windows made of stained glass that provide a yellow ambiance to the church. During services, strict rules have been made by the authority of the church so that the people inside the church are not disturbed in any ways. Holy mass at the church is performed in different languages like Tamil, English and Kannada.
Location of the ChurchSt Philomena's Church Mysore is situated in the central position of the city. It is located on the Ashoka Road that is always busy and is very near to the Mysore Palace. Chamaraja Circle is the northern gate of the Mysore palace and from this gate, St Philomena's Church is around 11/2 kilometer away. Masjid-e-Azam is a popular mosque in Mysore and it lies just opposite to St Philomena's Church on Ashoka Road itself. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the main hall of the church.
How to Get ThereSt Philomena's Church Mysore can easily be accessed by air, road and rail from the city of Mysore.
By rail: The distance of the Mysore railway station is about 3 kilometers from the park and the Mysore railway station serves as the ajor station for the people who visit the church.
By air: Mysore airport is the closest airport from St Philomena's Church Mysore which can be used for a visit to the church.
Out of a number of churches found in Mysore, St Philomena's Church Mysore is noteworthy and it is also very famous among the people of Mysore and those coming from different parts of the world.