Holy Rosary Cathedral

Kolkata (Calcutta)

Commonly called the Portuguese Church, this imposing 1797 cathedral was founded by Portuguese merchants after they settled in Kolkata. The graceful ash-coloured exterior has eye-catching crown-capped side towers, with the main archway topped by a festively kitsch bas-relief featuring the Virgin Mary and an infant Jesus as its central characters. The interiors are modest, comprising plain whitewashed walls with pale-blue trimmings, and marble plaques adorning the pillars.

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