Thursday, January 13, 2011

St. Aloysius Chapel, Mangalore

The St. Aloysius Chapel in Mangalore (State: Karnataka) is located in the campus of St. Aloysius College. In 1184, it was built by the Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni.

The chapel which looks simple externally is an architectural gem. People who have seen chapels outside India say that it can be compared with any other chapels in Rome.

The uniqueness of the chapel is in the paintings inside the chapel that cover every inch of the walls. The paintings are still in good shape. A glimpse of painting can be seen in the above image.


53 comments:

V Rakesh said...

This is absolutely wonderful and so close to my heart. I was a student of St. Aloysius!

I cannot say enough to tell you how wonderful this post is!

radha said...

I have been here. Very nice.

Zuzana said...

Yes indeed, this chapel could have as well been located anywhere in Europe. How very intriguing.;)
xoxo

Nordis said...

Fine chapel, very beautiful inside

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I learn something new every time I visit you Rajesh! I didn't know that the Jesuits had even been in India (although I shouldn't have been surprised, they seemed to have gone everywhere) -- still it seems inconguous. It's a lovely chapel though.

George said...

The exterior of this chapel is beautiful, but the interior is absolutely exquisite. Thanks for sharing this gem with us.

Tammie Lee said...

you always find amazing beauty to share with us. thank you.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful chapel architecture and paintings. Thank you for these great images, Rajesh!

Carver said...

It's a beautiful chapel. I like the exterior and interior architecture very much.

Kay L. Davies said...

It might be your idea of external simplicity, Rajesh, but I think it is "simply lovely"! The soft blue colour of the building is particularly nice without any blue sky to compete with it.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous capture! Such a beautiful chapel! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty, Rajesh!

Sylvia

eileeninmd said...

Just beautiful Rajesh! Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

A beautiful chapel, inside and outside. I love the paintings on the domed ceiling. This is different than what you have shown before.

Mama Zen said...

How beautiful!

SandyCarlson said...

Soft and beautiful.

Sally in WA said...

Wow, over 800 years old and still amazing. I can see where this rivals other chapels in Rome by the interior shot alone. I can imagine it is even more impressive in person.

chubskulit said...

Lovely sky shots!!

When Snow Meets Sky, they kissed!

ladyfi said...

Wow - spectacular!

magiceye said...

very beautiful!

clairz said...

Incredible that this place is in such good condition after so many centuries. Thank you for these photos, they are very beautiful.

casseydab said...

love this one,...nice shot

Ebie said...

Aloysius reminds me of one of my teacher/priest in High School.

It is a beautiful church and the ceiling details is gorgeous.

Karen said...

What a majestic building.

thomas said...

It's indeed a unique chapel,the painting and statues are so beautiful.

Mar said...

How wonderful, truly precious chapel!!
Happy SWF!
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BraCom (Bram) said...

beautiful building and interior photos

Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
Regards, Bram

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Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Wonderful outside, stunning inside...

The Nile 2010 is coming to an end! But the temple of Philae surely deserves a comment. Blogtrotter Two has it. Enjoy and have an excellent weekend!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very beautiful and interesting too.

YOSEE said...

Loved the second picture. I've seen the place and agree that it is a wonderful and inspiring chapel.

Spiderdama said...

You have so many uniq and wonderful buildings! Great:-)

Regina said...

Beautiful church and captures!

Karine said...

What a beautiful church! I love visiting churches wherever I go :o)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Che dire ?
Meravigliosa !!!!
Buona serata.
Myriam :)

Life Ramblings said...

the exterior of the chapel is remarkable but the interior is even more gorgeous.

eden said...

Beautiful chapel. Great shots.

Have a great weekend.

Team G Square said...

just awesome

Pietro said...

Wonderful church, so precious and harmonious. Beautiful pictures, Rajesh!

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for appreciating this beautiful chapel. Good to know at least some of you have seen this.

Cafe au lait said...

Beautiful inside and out.

I played too. Mine's here.

RNSANE said...

It is such a lovely church. Regardless of one's religion, it is impossible not to appreciate the timelessness and beauty of such a church. I would love the chance to worship there, especially to pray for world peace!

inday_adin said...

It is a beautiful chapel!

Adin B

Becca said...

Stunning inside and out!

Jeevan said...

That's truly awesome and the architecture showcases the credit!

Gunn said...

Wow, this is just fantastic!:)

Rajesh said...

Thank You. I am glad you all liked it.

Deguide said...

Rajesh i have passed this church many a times, but missed going inside the same, thanks for revealing its history

Arti said...

So beautiful and so serene, it looks! Loved it!

Ambika said...

Thats a beautiful chapel! Have passed by it several times, but never walked in.

Viyoma said...

Superb!! I had been to this Chapel in 2009, and have the same pic that you put at the top!! Its beautiful.

Infact, i recall this, i had asked my friend back then, whats the difference between a Chapel/ Church /Basilica/ Cathedral.
She wasnt able to explain it well.

Till date, i await a proper explanation. Cud u explain the difference to me?

deepazartz said...

OMG!!! Its truly a treat...the paintings look fab...just a glimpse but its fab! You must have had a great sight.

Deepa said...

Very nice indeed. I have seen the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa and also St. Philomina's Church in Mysore. I will include this church in my itinerary during my next visit to Mangalore. Thanks!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for the appreciations.

The interiors are beautiful, I will post them soon.

Roshan Radhakrishnan said...

had studied, worked and lived here in mangalore for over a decade.. the beauty of their churches and temples and the peaceful nature used to be unmatched..