Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Begun in 1779 but not completed until 1791, this splendid Jesuit church (in whites, blues and yellows) is reminiscent of Goa's Portuguese-style churches, and has pairs of columns on its facade.

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