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Friday, December 08 2023

St Aloysius Chapel: One with beauty, divinity

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Who says that if we want to view the magnificence and grandeur of a cathedral, we must travel to Rome to see the Sistine Chapel? Or perhaps sense the calm and holiness that emanate from its walls? St.Aloysius Chapel in Mangalore (Mangaluru) has now become our very own Sistine Chapel.

It was constructed in 1885 by Reverend Father Joseph Willy and is located in the heart of the City in all its splendour. It is situated at the peak of Lighthouse Hill on the St. Aloysius College campus. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea from this point.

To venerate this sacred and cultural location, people travel from more than 63 different nations. The Aloysius Chapel is regarded as a top tourist destination because of its outstanding architecture, unique designs, and expert execution that is unmatched. Come and enjoy the calm and tranquilly of the environment while being at one with God and the beauty of his creation. You will return rested and renewed.

The chapel was constructed as a part of the Mangalore Mission, which began in 1878. The Italian Jesuits erected St. Aloysius College in 1880 and the chapel a few years later with a focus on the health, education, and social well-being of the city’s Catholic population. Saint. Aloysius Gonzaga, a wealthy and accomplished young man, is honoured in the chapel. He sacrificed his material comforts to help the poor.

The chapel’s stunning ceiling, frescoes, and oil paintings make it an architectural marvel. The chapel’s walls and dome compete favourably with the exquisite chapels of Rome. These paintings are maintained and restored frequently despite their age because they are historical artifacts.

Antonio Moscheni, a well-known Italian Jesuit painter, put his heart and soul into the works. The images were lovingly created as a tribute to St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Numerous works of art honour the apostles, the life of Jesus, and several Catholic and Jesuit saints.

At St. Aloysius Chapel, the life of the artist who painted the canvases and frescoes shows through just as much as the lives of those who are depicted in those works. With your back to the bustling ceiling and your head cocked, you can almost feel the artist moving alongside you, bringing each scene to life.

You can literally hear the stories of great love and devotion reverberating from the walls, pillars, and arches. Whether or whether you were able to appreciate and understand all the visual stories during your brief visit to the chapel, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by the spectacular images your eyes have just feasted on as you leave the revered hall.

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