Posted by: itsme | March 18, 2011

Churches of India

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St James Church at Kashmiri Gate is one of the oldest. Delhi.

St James Church at Kashmiri Gate is one of the oldest. Delhi.

St Andrews Church, apparently one of the main churches of town, is definitely in need of a facelift. Darjeeling, West Bengal.

St Andrews Church, apparently one of the main churches of town, is definitely in need of a facelift. Darjeeling, West Bengal.

The wooden rafters of a gabled porch at the Immaculate Conception Church. Darjeeling, West Bengal.

The wooden rafters of a gabled porch at the Immaculate Conception Church. Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Beautifully restored stone coffering at the Chapel of St Catherine. Old Goa, Goa.

Beautifully restored stone coffering at the Chapel of St Catherine. Old Goa, Goa.

The facade of Chapel of St Catherine built by Afonso de Albuquerque. Old Goa, Goa.

The facade of Chapel of St Catherine built by Afonso de Albuquerque. Old Goa, Goa.

The Church of St Francis of Assisi wears a dilapidated look due to many monsoons. Old Goa, Goa.

The Church of St Francis of Assisi wears a dilapidated look due to many monsoons. Old Goa, Goa.

Paintings adorn parts of interiors at the Church of St Francis of Assisi. Old Goa, Goa.

Paintings adorn parts of interiors at the Church of St Francis of Assisi. Old Goa, Goa.

The plain interiors of St Catherine Cathedral from the 17th century. Old Goa, Goa.

The plain interiors of St Catherine Cathedral from the 17th century. Old Goa, Goa.

Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the embalmed body of St Francis Xavier. Old Goa, Goa.

Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the embalmed body of St Francis Xavier. Old Goa, Goa.

Corner rounded towers gives Church of Our Lady of the Rosary appearance of a fortress. Old Goa, Goa.

Corner rounded towers gives Church of Our Lady of the Rosary appearance of a fortress. Old Goa, Goa.

Old azulejos decorate parts of ruined walls at the Augustinian Monastery. Old Goa, Goa.

Old azulejos decorate parts of ruined walls at the Augustinian Monastery. Old Goa, Goa.

Sixteen century Augustinian Monastery survives in the ruins of its tower. Old Goa, Goa.

Sixteen century Augustinian Monastery survives in the ruins of its tower. Old Goa, Goa.

One of countless old churches in Goa has a striking entrance door. Old Goa, Goa.

One of countless old churches in Goa has a striking entrance door. Old Goa, Goa.

The grand facade of St Cajetan Church. Old Goa, Goa.

The grand facade of St Cajetan Church. Old Goa, Goa.

Interiors at St Cajetan Church is one of the best kept in all of Portuguese Goa. Old Goa, Goa.

Interiors at St Cajetan Church is one of the best kept in all of Portuguese Goa. Old Goa, Goa.

The steps leading up to the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are essential to this photogenic makeup. Panaji, Goa.

The steps leading up to the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception are essential to this photogenic makeup. Panaji, Goa.

Pretty facade of a church in South Goa. Chandor, Goa.

Pretty facade of a church in South Goa. Chandor, Goa.

Syrian Christians have their churches in town. Thrissur, Kerala.

Syrian Christians have their churches in town. Thrissur, Kerala.

Order and symmetry at the Lourdes Cathedral. Thrissur, Kerala.

Order and symmetry at the Lourdes Cathedral. Thrissur, Kerala.

At the Lourdes Cathedral, a beautiful spire and a dome at the crossing are coloured by the setting sun. Thrissur, Kerala.

At the Lourdes Cathedral, a beautiful spire and a dome at the crossing are coloured by the setting sun. Thrissur, Kerala.

Facade of Our Lady of Dolores just after sunset. Thrissur, Kerala.

Facade of Our Lady of Dolores just after sunset. Thrissur, Kerala.

Angels and saints at the altar at Our Lady of Dolores. Thrissur, Kerala.

Angels and saints at the altar at Our Lady of Dolores. Thrissur, Kerala.

With decorated Christian crosses, a low ceiling and semi-circular arches, this Syrian church comes out as unique. Thrissur, Kerala.

With decorated Christian crosses, a low ceiling and semi-circular arches, this Syrian church comes out as unique. Thrissur, Kerala.

The spectacular Bell Tower to the left is the highlight of Our Lady of Dolores. Thrissur, Kerala.

The spectacular Bell Tower to the left is the highlight of Our Lady of Dolores. Thrissur, Kerala.

A Christian Cross welcomes visitors at Our Lady of Life Church. Mattancherry, Kerala.

A Christian Cross welcomes visitors at Our Lady of Life Church. Mattancherry, Kerala.

Somewhat plain interiors of the Our Lady of Life Church. Mattancherry, Kerala.

Somewhat plain interiors of the Our Lady of Life Church. Mattancherry, Kerala.

Hand-operated period fans at the St Francis Church. Fort Kochi, Kerala.

Hand-operated period fans at the St Francis Church. Fort Kochi, Kerala.

Beautiful facade of the Santa Cruz Basilica. Fort Kochi, Kerala.

Beautiful facade of the Santa Cruz Basilica. Fort Kochi, Kerala.

Kerala is home to churches all over the state as this one on the way from Ernakulam to Ettumanoor. Kerala.

Kerala is home to churches all over the state as this one on the way from Ernakulam to Ettumanoor. Kerala.

The churches of Kerala, unlike those of Goa, are beautifully maintained and the St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral is an example of such care. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The churches of Kerala, unlike those of Goa, are beautifully maintained and the St Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral is an example of such care. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The long metal pole to the right carries the Christian Cross at the top but really is derived from traditional dwajastambhas of Hindu temples. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The long metal pole to the right carries the Christian Cross at the top but really is derived from traditional dwajastambhas of Hindu temples. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The Neo-Gothic building of St Lourdes Church. Trichy, Kerala.

The Neo-Gothic building of St Lourdes Church. Trichy, Kerala.

The Presbyterian Church of India is perhaps the prettiest church in entire India. Shillong, Meghalaya.

The Presbyterian Church of India is perhaps the prettiest church in entire India. Shillong, Meghalaya.

Evening light at a service at the Ao Baptist Church. Kohima, Nagaland.

Evening light at a service at the Ao Baptist Church. Kohima, Nagaland.

The Ao Baptist Church ingeniously imports traditional Naga architecture. Kohima, Nagaland.

The Ao Baptist Church ingeniously imports traditional Naga architecture. Kohima, Nagaland.

Local cultures have evolved Christian symbols to long-held beliefs. Kohima, Nagaland.

Local cultures have evolved Christian symbols to long-held beliefs. Kohima, Nagaland.

Catholic Cathedral is another example clever application of traditional Naga architecture. Kohima, Nagaland.

Catholic Cathedral is another example clever application of traditional Naga architecture. Kohima, Nagaland.

Modern churches of the North-East have interesting architectural designs. Mokokchung, Nagaland.

Modern churches of the North-East have interesting architectural designs. Mokokchung, Nagaland.

As this Baptist Church shows, even isolated villages have a church. Marepkong, Nagland.

As this Baptist Church shows, even isolated villages have a church. Marepkong, Nagland.

Stone Methodist Church seen on an overcast day. Almora, Uttarakhand.

Stone Methodist Church seen on an overcast day. Almora, Uttarakhand.

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