Bandel Church

Roman Catholic

 

Overview

Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, Situated in Bandel, Hooghly district of West Bengal.  Founded in 1599, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. Vasco da Gama reached the West Coast of India the Portuguese started making their inroads into Bengal. Soon settlement started growing up along the rivers and the area around present day Hooghly became the Portuguese stronghold. By 1599 a church was constructed on the banks of the Hooghly, making it the oldest Christian Church of West Bengal.
 
 In 1632, when Hooghly was attacked by the Moors, the church was burnt down. Afterwards in 1660, a new church was built by Gomez de Soto over the ruins of the old one. On the eastern gate of the present Bandel Church, the keystone of the older one can still be witnessed. This old church was declared to be Minor Basilica by the Pope Leo XIII in the year 1988.  
 
In front of the church, a huge mast of a ship stands that was presented by the captain of a vessel to the church. The ship was caught in a dangerous storm in the Bay of Bengal  and its rescue was credited to the miracle of Mary. The church comprises a number of tombstones, three altars, a shrine to Mary and an organ. Constructed in the unique architectural style of the Portuguese, the Bandel Church attracts several thousand devotees from different religious communities of West Bengal. The interior of the Bandel Church is decorated with beautiful chandeliers. The colored glass windows and the Grand Tower Clock of the Bandel Church add to the glory of this religious monument. The statue of one Lady of Happy Voyage is worshiped by the Christian devotees with intense devotion and dedication. The exclusive significant religious monument of the Portuguese rule in Hooghly District, the Bandel Church brings out the glorious past of the region enriched by the Portuguese tradition and its legacy.
 
Bandel Church Timing:  6 am to 6pm
 
Bandel Church Mass Timing: On Sundays, there are English masses at 6:30 am and 11 am, Bengali Mass at 9 am and Hindi Mass at 5 pm. Every Saturday and First Friday an English Mass is there at 5 pm
 
How to Reach,
Bandel, Nearest bus stand in Kolkata.
 
Nearest Raiolway Station:  Bandel Junction
 
Nearest Airport:  Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
West Bengal
City
Kolkata
Location
Kolkatta.
Address
Bandel Church, Keota, Halisahar Station Road, Bandel, West Bengal
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Keota, Halisahar Station Road
Nearest Railway Station
Bandel Jn (BDC)
Nearest Airport
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
IN
latitude : 22.654699330 longitude :88.446701050
Corporation : Kolkata
GPS Code : VECC
Open Year
1660
Visiting Hours
6 am to 6 pm

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