Mount Mary Basilica
The first statue that was installed in Mount Mary Basilica by the Portuguese had been disfigured by Arab pirates. A popular story goes that a fisherman had a dream of finding a new statue of Mother Mary floating in the Arabian Sea. The locals christened the statue "Mot Mauli", meaning "the Pearl Mother". Built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture, this church is a must-visit during September when the Mount Mary fair takes place. We highly recommend setting aside some time to experience the soothing stillness of one of the best churches in Mumbai.
St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrews Church is next on our list of famous churches in Bandra, Mumbai. It was originally built in 1595 by Portuguese Jesuits. Situated on the western coast of Mumbai, it overlooks the Arabian Sea from its perch on the shore. The colourful and vibrant altar to St. Andrew was rebuilt with teakwood in 1906 to avoid the same fate as the previous one, which succumbed to termites. The life-sized statue of St. Andrew here carries an X-shaped cross because he asked not to be hung upon a traditional cross.
St. Thomas Cathedral
Located in the iconic Horniman Circle in Mumbai, this Neoclassical and Gothic style architectural spectacle was opened in 1718. It is named after St. Thomas, the first apostle to visit India. St. Thomas Cathedral, with its stained glass, polished brass and arched windows, is a visual delight for visitors.
St. Peter's Church
Originally built in 1853, St. Peter's Church was later rebuilt in the Romanesque style in 1938. It is located on Hill Road in Bandra, one of the biggest Christian neighbourhoods in Mumbai. There is a beautiful, larger-than-life marble statue of Christ at the entrance. The community playground and striking stained glass windows only add to its allure.
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