The Catholic Church in Kohima is an architectural wonder in the city. It is known for its architectural beauty and the fact that it is the center of the Catholic Church of Nagaland. It is the residence of the Diocese, and therefore holds great religious value for the people of Nagaland.
The semicircular building occupies one side of the Armature Hill. The semicircular gallery of pews, which has seating arrangement for 3000 people, is known for its aesthetic appeal. There is a standing capacity of 1500 people. Also, there are special segregations for baptism, confession, adoration, etc.
The church is also known for its crucifix, which stands tall at 16 feet and considered to be the tallest in Asia. The transparent roof is designed to provide the building with ample lighting throughout the day.
Upholding the Naga culture, this tourist attraction in Kohima, is known for its interiors that are inspired by the lifestyle of the people. The painting, the furniture and the building, all have been designed keeping the Naga culture in mind. In fact, the campus also has four gates in four directions.
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If you are here during Christmas, you can experience the true beauty of the Christian religion and culture. However, on other days, you can always visit the following places inside the church premises:
The Tomb of Bishop Abraham Alangimattathil: Visit the tomb of the first Bishop of Nagaland, Rt.Rev.Abraham Alangimattathil and know about his immense contribution to the state of Nagaland. His dedication to the religion he represented and his life story as a priest and missionary is very inspiring.
Perpetual Adoration and intercessory prayers: Attend the prayers that are held between 8 am to 4 pm in the crypt of the church. Adoration service is also conducted in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which is Jesus in the form of bread.
To promote strength and integrity among the local people, the church conducts daily Eucharistic celebration. It also holds daily spiritual and counseling programs for the people of the locality, which can also be attended by the visitors.
You can take cabs or buses from Dimapur Airport and reach the Catholic Church in Kohima. It is just 43 kilometers away. Similarly from the Dimapur Railway station, which is 48 kilometers away you can avail taxi transport systems. Catholic Church is connected to the nearby towns via state and private buses.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kohima is from October to May when the temperature ranges between 16 degree Celsius and 35 degree Celsius.