Christianity in Mangalore




Christianity is one of the most important religions that are followed by the people of the city of Mangalore. The advent of Christianity in Mangalore can be traced back to the time when the Portuguese came to colonize the subcontinent of India.

At that time, these people put up a number of factories in the city as well as in some other places like Honavar and Kundapore. As a result of the arrival of the Portuguese people to the city, the Catholic Church was founded. The church was put up in the 19th century. The Wesleyan Mission and some Protestant missionaries including Basil were behind the establishment of this church. The establishment of this church is a major event associated with Christianity at Mangalore. This church has a big role to play in the spread of Christianity within Mangalore as well as the rest of the state.

The Christian missionaries, who are closely related to the spread of Christianity in Mangalore, have made a lot of contribution not only towards the religious life of the city but also in the socio-cultural life of Mangalore. The Christian missionaries have a big role to play in developing the art of painting in the city. They have also helped to spread the Kannada literary works in the city.

A very significant structure of the city associated with Christianity is the Aloysius Church. It is one of the important tourist attractions of Mangalore. It is due to the advent of Christianity that the English language has got a significant place in the socio-cultural life of the city.



Last Updated on 21 September 2011