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Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The first and only basilica in Pondicherry is a masterpiece of neo-Gothic architecture that is adorned with superb stained glass.

View the figure of Christ that stands on a pile of rocks in front of the striking red towers of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Enter to find a lavish altar and stained-glass windows that show each of the 28 saints relevant to the church.

Completed in 1908 by French missionaries, this colorful church is a popular pilgrimage site for Roman Catholic Christians. The twin bell towers that dominate the main façade are 59 feet (18 meters) tall. The square edges and sharp spires on these are typical of the neo-Gothic design. You will instantly notice that these features contrast with the statue of Jesus that stands in front of the church in a golden robe.

Approach the arched main portal and notice a bright motif of Christ that is encircled by terracotta. Higher still is a small figure while to your right you can see Mary and Joseph cradling a baby.

Step inside where you will be treated to a high ceilinged vault that is decorated with flowing terracotta patterns. The whole room is supported by 24 thick columns while circular colored windows light up the building. Walk around and you will find an abundance of intricate stained-glass windows. Marvel at several chapters from the life of Christ and search for Joan of Arc among the 28 depictions of devout saints.

Wander to the far end of the church where you will find the altar, an impressive aspect of the building. White and gold patterning intertwines in front of a figure of the crucifixion. Angels stand guard on either side, with a larger statue set against the back wall just below the ceiling.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is just north of the city center near to Pondicherry Train Station. The church is open all week and there is no charge for entry.


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Palais de Mahé- Cgh Earth
Palais de Mahé- Cgh Earth

Palais de Mahé- Cgh Earth

No.4 Rue de Bussy, Pondicherry, Pondicherry
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Botanical Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Hotel South Avenue
    Hotel South Avenue

    Hotel South Avenue

    Opp Railway Station, South Boulevard, Pondicherry
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Pondicherry hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Botanical Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is only a 1-minute walk.

      Treebo Trend South Avenue Pondicherry
      Treebo Trend South Avenue Pondicherry

      Treebo Trend South Avenue Pondicherry

      No. 151-152 Subbiah Salai, Opposite Puducherry Railway Station, Pondicherry
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Botanical Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is only a 1-minute walk.

        The Orange House, Center Ville Pondicherry
        The Orange House, Center Ville Pondicherry

        The Orange House, Center Ville Pondicherry

        32 Jeevanandam St, Pondicherry, Puducherry
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Pondicherry, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Botanical Gardens and Pondicherry Promenade Beach are also within 15 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 6 minutes by foot.

          3 bhk Home Stay in Pondicherry
          3 bhk Home Stay in Pondicherry

          3 bhk Home Stay in Pondicherry

          17, Archibishop Gandhi St, 1st floor home stay, Pondicherry, Puducherry
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pondicherry, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Sacred Heart of Jesus and Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km). Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 9 minutes by foot.

            Le Dupleix
            Le Dupleix

            Le Dupleix

            5 Rue De La Caserne, Pondicherry, Pondicherry
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in White Town, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pondicherry Lighthouse and Pondicherry Museum. Raj Niwas and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple are also within 10 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 14 minutes by foot.

              The Promenade
              The Promenade

              The Promenade

              23 Goubert Avenue Pondicherry - 605 001, Pondicherry, Pondicherry
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in White Town, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Pondicherry Lighthouse and Pondicherry Museum are also within 10 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                StayApart - Soorya Heritage Inn
                StayApart - Soorya Heritage Inn

                StayApart - Soorya Heritage Inn

                499 MG Road, Pondicherry, PY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Pondicherry Promenade Beach and Botanical Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Pondicherry-Puducherry Station is 7 minutes by foot.