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Luz Church of Our Lady of Light Chennai Entry Fee

  • No entry fee

Luz Church of Our Lady of Light Chennai Phone

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Luz Church of Our Lady of Light Chennai Address: No.156, Luz Church Road, Luz, Mylapore, Kattukoil Garden, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600004, India

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Luz Church of Our Lady of Light Chennai Timings

Day Timing
Monday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wedesday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am – 11:00 am
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday Mass - Timings & Language :
6.00 am & 9.00 am & 6.00 pm - English
6.00 am, 7.30 am, 8.45 am (Children) & 6.00 pm – Tamil

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Chennai is an enthralling place to visit. This cultural and culinary destination was ruled by the Pallavas, the Pandyas, Cheras, Cholas and the Vijayanagara empire. It rose to an important economic centre during the British Raj. Britishers recognized it as Madras which later got christened as Chennai in 1998.

The vibrant cosmopolitan gem of Tamil Nadu has plenty to offer to the different categories of visitors. It proffers a blend of various religious sites that includes inspiring mosques, glorious churches and splendid temples.

One of the oldest churches of the city is the famed Luz Church of Our Lady of Light which is a Roman Catholic Church built more than 500 years ago by the Portuguese. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the sacred structure is considered to be a heritage monument of Chennai.

History of Luz Church of Our Lady of Light, Chennai

Luz Church of Our Lady of Light is one of the oldest churches situated in the Mylapore region of Chennai and named after the Portuguese, Nossa Senhora Da Luz. The foundation stone indicates that it is one of the oldest European monuments of the country. The gracious complex was constructed in 1516 when the area was surrounded by thick forest due to which it was named as Kattu Koil or Forest Shrine. Kattu means forest and Kovil means place of worship in Tamil.

Term Luz means light in Portuguese. Legends state that in 1500 A.D. eight Franciscan Portuguese priests on their way to India from Lisbon got lost in the sea. They worshipped Virgin Mary for help and were guided by a bright light that led them safely to a forest area.

Father Pedro da Atougia, the Franciscan friar then built a church in honour of Mother Mary at the same spot where the miraculous light led the priests to safety and called it as Nossa Senhora Da Luz. Nossa Senhora means Our Lady and Luz means light. Henceforth it was renowned as the Church of Our Lady of Light. A gracious structure with white facade and fringes of blue is a charming place of visit.

The Church has undergone several renovations post the damages caused by the Golcanda Muslim forces and Mysore Haider Ali. Archbishop A. M. Chinnappa, declared the Church of Our Lady of Light as the Shrine of Our Lady of Light on 15th of August 2010. It governs the Stella Maris College in Chennai.

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Architecture of Luz Church of Our Lady of Light

Built in Gothic style of architecture, this meticulously decorated church is a must visit to explore its Baroque ornamentation and astounding arches. Altar stands majestically decorated with silver and gold leaves and the ceilings are adorned with amazing paintings.

Imposing statues of Christ and St Joseph set on to the right and left of the sanctuary add charm to the Church. A noteworthy feature is the picture of Mother Mary with her child Jesus in her arms on the side wall. Outside the Church is a tall statue of one of the apostles of Christ, St. Jude.

Events at Luz Church of Our Lady of Light

Feast of Our Lady of Light is held annually on 15th August with a grand mass and car possession. Holy week, Easter, Christmas and Catholic Holidays are well celebrated.

Nearby Attractions

Travellers making it to the Church can also visit the nearby iconic sightseeing spots including Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Thiruvallur Temple, Alwarpet Anjaneyar Temple and Cottage Art Museum. Browse through our Chennai local sightseeing tours from Chennai Tourism that provide a wide range of well crafted one day tour packages by private cab.

Entry Fees and Timings of Luz Church of Our Lady of Light, Chennai

Entry to the church is free and daily mass are held at 6:30 AM and 12 PM. Mass timings on Saturday are 6:30 AM, 12 PM and 6:30 PM. On Sunday there are four masses at 6 AM, 7:30 AM, 9 AM and 6 PM. Masses are held in the local Tamil language and one mass on Sunday is held in English.

How to reach Luz Church of Our Lady of Light

Chennai is well connected to other cities of the country though bus routes. Private and government buses link Chennai to different parts of the country. The capital city houses one of the busiest airports in India. Several airlines fly in and out of Chennai connecting it to the world and other cities of the country.

Chennai can be reached through rail from varied parts of the country. Central Railway station has several trains running between Chennai and different cities of India. Other trains connect Chennai to other parts of the state from Chennai Egmore station. Electric trains and local buses are the best way to commute to diverse locations within the capital city.

Luz Church of our Lady of Light lies close to the famed St Thomas Basilica in Mylapore behind St. Isabel’s hospital in a small narrow lane. The road leading to the Church is called the Luz Church road. People can take taxi, cab, auto rickshaws or local buses from railway station, airport or bus station to reach the shrine.

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FAQ’s and General Information about Luz Church of Our Lady of Light

Why should we visit Luz Church of Our Lady of Light?

Though a small church it is a not to be missed spot as it is one of the oldest churches of the country.

When should we visit the Luz Church of Our Lady of Light?

People can visit Luz Church of Our Lady of Light anytime of the year. Tourists prefer to travel to Chennai mostly in the months of September to February to avoid the scorching heat of the city.

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