Sacred Heart Cathedral Church - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Shimoga Town Railway Station): 2 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 2 km from Shimoga Railway Station, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church is a Roman Catholic Church situated in Shimoga. It is the second-largest church in India, and among the popular Shimoga places to visit.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Church was erected in 1976, but the history of the church dates back to the 1830s. Already in 1830 Shimoga Town had a small Church and a Burial ground. It was constituted into a Parish in 1847. In 1871 a new Church began to be constructed and it was completed in 1875 and was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As the Catholic population increased, this Church was found to be too small and an extension was put up and inaugurated in 1976. On the erection of the Diocese of Shimoga, this Sacred Heart Church got the status of a Cathedral on 14th November 1988. However, an entirely new Cathedral Church was started in the year 1994 and was completed in 1998.

The Sacred Heart Church is built in the Roman and Gothic architectural styles. Spreads over an area of 18000 sq. ft., the structure of the church is quite incredible. The massive prayer hall of the church can accommodate around 5,000 people at a time. However, a statue of Jesus at the church is the salient feature attracting people in large numbers. Besides, the two huge and gorgeous sculptures of Mother Mary and St. Anthony in the church premises add to the grandeur of the church.

Timings: 6 AM - 7 PM

Entry: Free