St. Philomena's Church

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St. Philomena's Church


St. Philomena's Church was built in the honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore. It was constructed in the year 1936 using a Neo Gothic style, with its architecture having been inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

The credit for designing St. Philomena’s Church goes to a Frenchman by the name of Daly. Styled on the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, its floor plan resembles a cross, with the longer part of the cross being the congregation hall called the nave. The two arms of the cross are called the transepts, while the part that contains the choir and the altar being the crossing. Also present in the cathedral is a crypt that houses a statue of St. Philomena. The twin spires of the church extend to a height of 175 feet, and bear a striking resemblance to the spires of the St. Patrick's Church in New York, besides the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The main hall of the church can seat around 800 people, with stained glass windows that depict scenes from the birth of Christ, the Ascension of Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Christ.

Best time to visit

The months between October and March are the best time to visit St. Philomena’s Church and Mysore itself.


Saint Philomena is a saint and martyr of the Roman Catholic Church. She was a young Greek princess who was martyred in the 4th century, while her remains were discovered on May 24, 1802 in the Catacombs of Saint Priscilla at the Via Salaria in Rome.


The cathedral remains open from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.

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