Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Shillong

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians

Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians
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Barnali Biswas
Pune District, India64 contributions
Nov 2021
The first few things you notice about the church is the pretty powder blue color, Gothic style of architecture and how huge the place is. This church is located in the Laitumkhrah itself and was like a 5 minute drive from our hotel. This is a Roman Catholic Church and also known as the Cathedral Catholic Church. Dedicated to mother Mary, the Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christians was built by the Germans in 1913. According to history, the construction of the present shrine was built after the first church got destroyed due to a fire accident in 1936.

The church is built on a sort of high plateau and one has to take a steep short flight of steps or a gradient to reach it. The beautiful church has two levels. Each level had a church. While the lower level is a small chapel that has a prayer hall and is filled with candles and prayer books, the upper level is a huge cathedral with big seating capacity. The upper level church seemed to be for the elite and higher class while the smaller chapel was housing the tribes of this area and less well off class. The church has high arches and stained glass windows which add to its grandeur.

Since it was a Sunday and a mass day, we saw people dressed in their Sunday best waiting in a queue to get into the church. We also saw a board by the entrance to the church which said tourists not allowed inside. Maybe because of it being a mass day, the restrictions on tourist was in force or maybe because of the pandemic the entrance was restricted to outsiders - I am not sure of the reason here. So we didn't try to go in but just walked around. There is a small garden outside where you can sit and enjoy the atmosphere. We could hear the choir inside playing.

1. Entry Fee : Free
2. Parking Available : Yes (There is a designated parking space inside the church premise at the first floor). However since we were only spending a short time here, we parked our car on the road itself (pretty empty at that time of the day)
3. Covid Document Check : No
Written 17 April 2022
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Capt Wendyll Pereira
12399805203 contributions
Apr 2022
This Cathedral is small when compared to others. But the atmosphere inside is very peaceful. A nice place to pray.
Written 12 April 2022
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hisandhercravings
Mumbai, India568 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians ✝️ is one of the finest 😍 structures in #shillong. The best part of this structure is that its earthquake 📉 proof. It is built on the layer of sand on the rocks which will help the structure to move during earthquake and prevent its destruction 🤟.
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Written 30 November 2020
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Kunal_Bhowmick
Kolkata (Calcutta), India903 contributions
Mar 2020
Humongous Church...one of the largest...photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral...
The Cathedral has 3 altars...and some beautiful wall paintings and glass painting work...
Written 13 October 2020
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Arun K
Nagpur District, India2,870 contributions
Oct 2019
The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, is one of the most beautiful churches of Shillong , built on a steep plateau that requires one to climb a set of steps to reach. It is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. The church with its towering arches and big stained-glass windows has two levels: a chapel and a huge cathedral. A distinguishing fact about the church is that it is constructed to resist earthquake.
Mary Help of Christians Cathedral is erected on the same site, where the first-ever church of Shillong was built. The shrine also houses the grave of First Archbishop of the city.
One can visit this church to look at the varied artwork depicting various chapters and scenes from the holy scriptures and the life stories of several saints. Perched atop a hill, this church delivers a feeling of serenity along with spirituality. The tall arches, stained glasses, and artwork portraying the scenes from the holy scriptures enhance the overall appearance of the cathedral, making it one of the most stunning tourist places in Shillong.
One can visit the Grotto church that lies directly below it & is visible from the viewpoint near the church.
Written 11 April 2020
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gpradeepshenoy
Bengaluru, India1,067 contributions
Feb 2020
This church is located near Don bosco square ,laitumkhrah. We took a bus from Bara bazaar to Don bosco square.The ticket was Rs 10 ,the journey took about 30 minutes because of heavy traffic. We got down in Don Bosco square from where this church was about 5 minutes walk.

We reached this church at about 6:15 pm and that time a mass was going in the church,we went inside the church and were there for about 5 minutes(A notice was put outside that visitors are not allowed inside the church because of Mass ).The church covers a huge area.I did not find anything great about the church architecture,but a decent place to visit while one is in Laitumkhrah.

For going to police bazaar from this church,walk right after you exit from church and walk till the junction,at junction cross the road wait and you will get shared cabs to Police bazaar(Locals call it PB).

An Ok place to visit while one is in Shillong.
Written 29 February 2020
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navin j
Kolkata (Calcutta), India51 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
In the heart of Shillong this Grand church is very clean and serene. Spend some time quietly there, dignified place.
Written 13 January 2020
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Smrutirekha
Bhubaneswar, India236 contributions
Feb 2019
Its the best Cathedral I have seen in India. Its beautiful and picture perfect and worth a visit. Its color makes it distinct and attractive. Picturesque and quaint cathedral in the North East part of India.
Written 10 January 2020
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IvorVaz
Mumbai, India9 contributions
Dec 2019
It isn't hard to figure why The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians (popularly referred to as Cathedral Church here) is one of the major tourist attractions in Shillong. Perched on a hill, the Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches. It has high arches and stained glass windows which add to its grandeur. Directly below, carved out of the hill is the Grotto Church (which gets all decked up and strung in lights for Christmas - the best time to visit the city). It has been accorded status of a pilgrimage centre, with services every Wednesday the year round. It's got a huge campus that houses a school among other institutions. Give it an hour to stroll around and explore - you won't be disappointed.
Written 2 January 2020
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supriyo g
Kanpur, India77 contributions
Oct 2019
One of the main city's tourist attraction. A huge mass had gathered when we visited there, to pay their last tributes to the Rev Father who fatally met with an accident in USA.
Written 12 December 2019
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