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About Church of our Lady of Light

A tryst with history - is how one could possibly describe the Church of Our Lady of Light in Chennai as. Built as far back as 1516 by the Portuguese, today it is one of the oldest Churches of Chennai. In fact its foundation stone marks it as one of the oldest European monuments in the country. This beautifully designed church incorporates patterns of Gothic arches and Baroque ornamentation. The pedestals are ornately decorated with silver and gold foliage, and the upper parts with lovely blue fresco paintings. Locally referred to us the Luz church, its name is indicative of its historical roots as the name comes from its Portuguese name Nossa Senhora da Luz. The feast of Our Lady of Light is celebrated with much gaiety on August 15th each year. A lavish dinner for which an august gathering comes and a car march takes place here during the feast day. Situated in Mylapore, it is very near Santhome Basilica, where apostle Thomas is said to have been buried.

Pro Tip: Club this visit with a visit to San Thome Basilica which is nearby.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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