India speaks a thousand dialects and has been conducted over by many kingdoms throughout its history. Recalling the country’s past through illustrious structures lounging throughout the realm and the various cultures, it has been influenced in a bewildering number of ways by primaeval empires.

Christianity, presently followed by over 28 million followers in India is said to have been pioneered in 52 AD by Thomas the Apostle. Leaving an ingrained mark on the traditions, architecture and cultures, this religion is a huge part of the country. There is a number of beautifully embellished churches adorning every city in the nation.

Read on and know about the most beautiful churches in India that should be on your travel list.

 

Se Cathedral, Goa

Se Cathedral, Old Goa. churches

Se Cathedral, Old Goa.
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Goa is synonymous to sun, sand and, the beaches. However, another great thing that makes this place beautiful are its churches. The Se Cathedral, located in South Goa is one of the largest churches in India and is devoted to Catherine Alexandria. Book cheap flights to Goa and check this church off your list. Also, with the number of options for hotels in Goa, book your stay today and have a delightful beach vacation.

 

All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad

All Saints' Cathedral

All Saints Cathedral is one of the largest and the oldest churches in Ancient India. Paradise for all history buffs, this church is extremely beautiful and worth a visit.

 

Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

Velankanni church,tamilnadu - panoramio (1)

Christians of this place believe that this church has the power to help you with any health-related ailments. Located near the Bay of Bengal in a town called Velankanni, this church is visited by a number of devotees who offer candles to Mother Mary and pray for relief from ailments.

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Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, churches

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Built over 300 years back, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous churches of India. It is located in Old Goa and is known to have remains of St. Francis Xavier which are kept on display for the public. The church is proclaimed as a world heritage site as well.

 

St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

St. Aloysius Church Mangalore

As beautiful as chapels in Rome, St. Aloysius Chapel built-in 1884 is situated in the heart of Mangalore city on the Lighthouse Hill. This chapel is a treasure for all art lovers because of the paintings that cover every inch of the walls of this gorgeous place.

 

Santa Cruz Basilica, Kerala

Santa Cruz Basilica, India

One of the oldest churches of India, Santa Cruz Basilica is situated in Fort Kochi, Kerala. It was constructed by the Portuguese in 1505 and was esteemed with the cathedral status by Pope, Paul IV. Plan a trip to this church and enjoy the serenity of this structure along with a good evening snack by the sea.

 

St. Francis Church, Kochi

St.Francis Xavier Church - Fort Kochi

Built 500 years back, St. Francis Church still stands tall with its beautiful European style architecture. The church gets its popularity from the fact that famous Portuguese traveller Vasco da Gama was originally buried here.

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With so many beautiful churches across India, a trip to at least one (or more) should definitely be on your travel bucket list. So, head out and explore these miraculous houses of worship, right away.