Saturday, 9 November 2013

One of Singapore's Most Beautiful Churches: ST TERESA'S CHURCH at Kampong Bahru

This has to be one of the most beautiful churches in Singapore. How often has one driven along Kampong Bahru Road from Mount Faber towards Jalan Bukit Merah and not admired this awe-inspiring edifice that stands proudly on a knoll of its own? 

This is the Roman Catholic Church of St Teresa, named after St Teresa of Lisieux, a French nun who died tragically young at the age of 24. From a certain angle, this church reminds one of the Sacre-Coeur in Paris, and it is the one in Singapore built in the Byzantine-Roman design. 

The Church of St Teresa was completed in 1929 and became gazetted by the Singapore government in 2009, thus preserving its status as a national monument. 

Ironically, its prime mover Father Mariette who oversaw its construction died from a freak accident in 1928, when he was hit by falling planks and masonry during its construction. His remains are interred in the church's columbarium. 

The statue of St Teresa of Lisieux.

The columbarium of St Teresa's. The remains of Father Mariette
are interred just below the statue of Jesus.

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