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Mt. Mary Church

Discover centuries of history, impressive Gothic architecture, exquisite murals and magnificent views of the Arabian Sea at this hilltop church.

Perched on a hilltop and overlooking Mumbai’s Mahim Bay is the striking Mt. Mary Church (aka Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount). Come here to admire elegant Gothic designs and a collection of fine frescoes. Mingle with pilgrims that visit to lay offerings at a revered icon and be part of colorful festivals. First built in 1640, the Mt. Mary Church of today is the fourth edition of the church and dates back to 1902.

Position yourself in front of the main entrance and admire the church’s castle-like façade. Gaze up at the imposing 98-feet (30-meter) tall twin towers, both crowned by pyramidal spires. Check out the intricately carved arched windows, balustrades and Gothic-style latticework. Take a moment to enjoy the panoramic views of Mumbai’s coastline and cityscape. Arrive in the evening to witness picturesque sunsets.

Step inside to find a colorful interior and experience a welcoming energy. Spot an array of paintings that portray the life of the Virgin Mary. Look for a stone carving of the Last Supper and a marble pulpit, adorned with liturgical symbols.

Don’t miss the revered statue of Mary, called Moti Mauli (Pearl Mother). Legend states that after a dream by a local fisherman the present statue was found floating in the sea; pirates stole the original in 1700. Watch devotees give offerings, such as wax figures representing their persona; ailments, and ask for good fortune.

Mt. Mary Church is open daily and admission is free. Visit in September for the Bandra Fair, an 8-day celebration of the Virgin Mary’s birth. Stroll among the stalls that set up in the surrounding streets and sell religious paraphernalia and street food. Watch live music performances and reenactments of biblical scenes.  

Situated in Bandra, Mt. Mary Church is about a 1-hour drive from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are the most convenient way to reach the church. Public buses stop close to the church. You could also catch a train to Bandra station and then take an auto-rickshaw. Stroll along nearby Bandstand Promenade, a picturesque esplanade that curves around Bandra’s waterfront. Keep watch for the Walk of the Stars, with statues and handprints of Bollywood celebrities.


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Taj Lands End

Taj Lands End

Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    5.0 out of 5.0
     
     

    This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bandra Fort and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach are ...

    Taj Lands EndAU$271

    ConnektHomes - Sea Views in Bandra

    ConnektHomes - Sea Views in Bandra

    BJ Road, Mumbai, MH
      3.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Bandra West, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bandstand Promenade, Bandra Fort and Mt. Mary Church. Siddhi Vinayak Temple and ...

      ConnektHomes - Sea Views in BandraAU$141

      ConnektHomes - Service Flat Near Lilavati

      ConnektHomes - Service Flat Near Lilavati

      Chapel Rd, Mumbai, MH
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Bandra West, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Lilavati Hospital and Mt. Mary Church. Siddhi Vinayak Temple and Haji Ali Dargah ...

        ConnektHomes - Service Flat Near LilavatiAU$111

        Cohostel

        Cohostel

        43 Chapel Rd, Mumbai, MH
          2.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Bandra West, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bandstand Promenade and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach are also within 3 ...

          ConnektHomes - Serviced Flat Near Carter Road

          ConnektHomes - Serviced Flat Near Carter Road

          Elmcroft, Chimbai Road, Mumbai, MH
            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Bandra West, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mt. Mary Church and Bandra Fort. Siddhi Vinayak Temple and Bandra-Worli Sea Link are ...

            ConnektHomes - Serviced Flat Near Carter RoadAU$111

            Hotel Rang Sharda

            Hotel Rang Sharda

            Krishna Chandra Marg, Near Lilavati Hosp, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Bandra West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Linking Road and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach are also within 3 miles (5 ...

              Hotel Rang ShardaAU$110

              Horn Ok Please Hostel

              Horn Ok Please Hostel

              22, D Monte Street, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                1.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Bandra West, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Linking Road and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach are also within 3 miles ...

                Hotel Metro Palace

                Hotel Metro Palace

                355 Ramdas Nayak Road, Bandra (west) Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
                  2.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Bandra West, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Linking Road and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach are also within 3 miles ...

                  Hotel Metro PalaceAU$114

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