Thought i'll post about one of my favorite place's to visit to mark my 50th post. I try not to miss visiting this beautiful cathedral when ever I'm in Mysore.
One of the famous landmark of Mysore is St Philomenas church, It is one of the oldest churches in India and also one of the biggest churches in South Asia. Its over 250 years old. Its designed by a frenchg man called Dally in a neo gothic style and draws inspiration from Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The floor plan of the cathedral is in the form of a cross. The long part of the cross is the 'nave', which is the congregation hall and can house upto 800 people. The two arms of the cross are the 'transepts'. The fourth part containing the altar and the choir is the 'crossing'
HDR Image made of 5 exposures
Interiors of the church is a piece of art initself, alter is made up of marble on which the statue of St. Philomena is placed and there is a beautiful catacomb below the alter which has a relic of a 3rd century St Philomena and a beautiful statue of her brought from france. There is also an idol of Christ lying in his sacred wounds. The main attraction of interiors of the church is the stained glass above the alter with painting depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
The part of the church that is most attractive is the towers or spires which are 175 feet tall. There is a orphanage in the church campus and a school (st Mary's Higher Primary school).