Famous Churches – St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore, India


St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore, India

St. Philomena’s Church, Mysore, India is one of the oldest churches of India; it was established more than 250 years ago. St. Philomena’s Church is dedicated to the Roman Catholic Martyr Philomena. The story of St. Philomena dates back to the 3rd century A.D. Philomena was the princess of a small Greek State. Her parents were having no offspring; they offered prayers to Lord Jesus and promised to convert to Christianity. The very next year a beautiful girl baby was born and they named her “Filumena” (Greek). Filumena wanted to give herself to God and she was beheaded not submitting to get married to then Roman Emperor.
Initial Church site was commissioned at small space however Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation of the new church on October 28th, 1933 that was to be built in the place of the small church built by his grandfather. Daly, a French architect designed and helped in the construction the Church, the base resembled the holy cross. The architecture implies Gothic Style and the church resembles Cologne cathedral of Germany.
St. Philomena’s Church is skillfully built with a magnificent marble altar holding Saint Philomena and Jesus Christ with sacred wounds. The church also possesses wonderful paintings portraying Christ’s birth, the Last Supper, Crucifixion of Christ and his Resurrection. The main appeal of the church is the towers which stand tall at a height of 175 feet.

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