Saint Aloysius Chapel
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2008 | Views: 9336
Holy place [Shrine]  -   Light House Hill Road, Mangalore
It is located in the heart of Mangalore city
How to reach:  City buses ply through Light house Hill Road. Alternately one can board an Auto Rickshaw from Mangalore junction to reach there.
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Any story on churches and chapels in Mangalore is incomplete without mentioning the St. Aloysius Chapel. Fr. Willy constructed it in 1890. Antony Moscheni, an Italian painter came to Mangalore in 1899 and began painting the chapel in the same year. The paintings were completed on August 22, 1901. This chapel very closely resembles the world famous Sistine Chapel at Rome with 600 square metres of fresco painting and 400 square meters of oil canvas paintings on the ceiling.

The two types of paintings in the chapel, fresco (painted on freshly applied wet lime plaster) on plaster and oil on canvas. The sloping portion of the ceiling has paintings of St. Peter and the Crowing of the Cock, Saints Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, Philip, Mathew, Bartholomew, Simon and Jude. The central row of paintings on the ceiling depicts the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga to whom the chapel is dedicated. The paintings were restored in 1990 and even the postal department has released two stamps on the paintings.

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