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Shettihalli Rosary Church

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HISTORY

Built in India in 1860 by French missionaries, as a place of worship for British colonists, this church is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture. Built on the banks of the Hemavati River, near the old village of Hassan, it was abandoned after the construction, in 1960, of the Hemavati Reservoir and Reservoir and, since then, it has been submerged in water every year during the monsoon season, which is why it is also known as the Submerged Church or the Floating Church.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

Its ruins provide a spectacular view, especially at dawn and sunset. To appreciate all its surreal beauty, however, the ideal would be to travel to this place twice. Once from July to October, when it is partially submerged in water, and again from December to May, when the water level recedes and the grounds and the church emerge again. A truly unique place for a ceremony in a country where wedding parties have complex rituals full of symbolism.

CURIOSITIES

• Generally, Indian ceremonies are open air, so that there is interaction with nature.
• In India it is the bride who enters first and who awaits the arrival of the groom, and not vice versa, and when the bride and groom are at the altar, they are still separated by a silk curtain, which is only removed after the recitation of the mantras .

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