St. Aloysius Church – Mangalore

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The St. Aloysius College Church was constructed in 1885 by Rev. Fr. Joseph Willy.It is designed on the architectural style and pattern of the Orator of St. Philip Neri in Rome. It has a marvelous gallery of paintings done by Br. Anthony Moschemi from 1902 to 1904. He had come from Italy in 1889. A number of scriptural episodes are powerfully drawn here and there is a panorama of the Biblical history from the creation of man to the resurrection of Christ. Besides the extensive murals on the walls, there are large canvas-paintings on the ceilings, loft, etc. He had attained an amazing degree of excellence both in the fresco technique and in the medium of oil colours. There are several master-pieces of this accomplished artist here such as the birth of Christ, baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, Christ with children, wedding feast at Cana, last supper which are highly fascinating and leave a lasting impression on the visitor’s mind. This brilliant artist with a vision did more religious paintings in Bombay and Cochin also.

The Shanti Cathedral, Balmatta, which is a huge structure, was built in 1862 on the model of the Mission House in Basel (Switzerland) and it was renovated in 1962 besides this, the Kanti Church, Jeppu, and Vishranti Church, Bockapatna, are the other important Protestant churches here which have impressive structures

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