St Mary’s Church was built in 1869. It was consecrated by the then Governor of the Bombay Presidency and is built in the Gothic Style. Rev Francis Gell is believed to have designed the building. This imposing stone church of the Anglicans has fine piers in the prayer hall and gorgeous stained glasses at its doors and windows. The altar is built with teak and marble and is towered by an exceptionally beautiful stained-glass collage which depicts the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection in 12 frames.
Key highlights of St Mary’s Church, Belagavi
- St Mary’s Church is positioned facing west, such that sunlight filters through the stained glass windows in the morning. This creates a colourful effect during morning mass (service)
- Teak and Marble altar
- 20 feet tall, 8 feet wide made in Italy glass collage forms a spectacular background to the altar. The intrinsic artworks on the 12 glass frames depict Jesus Christ’s life and times.
- Curved arches, pillars and a canopy roof command instant appreciation.
- Huge Rose petal-shaped windows on stone walls
Timing: St Mary’s Church in Belgaum is open from 9 AM till 7 PM,
Nearby: Belagavi Fort (4 kms), Dandeli (88 kms), Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary (40 kms), Gokak Falls (60 kms) and Hidkal Reservoir (50 kms) are some of the attractions to visit near Belagavi.
How to reach: St Mary’s Church is 507 kms from Bengaluru and 3 kms from Belagavi city centre. Belagavi has an airport, railway station and good bus service from Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka. Auto can be hired to reach St Mary’s Church from any part of Belagavi city.
Stay: Belagavi city has a wide range of hotel options.