With over 18% of its population following Christianity, Singapore is home to some of the most picturesque churches. Protected and overseen by the National Council of Churches in Singapore, these structures are off the beaten path from the usual tourist haunts. It allows one to appreciate the spirituality these architectural wonders have to offer.
Here is the list of 11 Churches in Singapore
Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Singapore located in the Museum Planning Area within the Civic District. It was founded in 1832 by the Paris Foreign Missions Society. The Cathedral lies between the parallel Queen and Victoria Streets and resembles London's St Paul's Church and St Martin-in-the-Fields in architecture.
The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator is the oldest Church in Singapore, locally referred to as the Armenian Church. It is located in a quiet place in the Hill Street vicinity and is one of the masterpieces of the Irish architect, George D Coleman. The Armenian community of Singapore regard this place as their spiritual abode, and the church now serves as a beautiful venue for couples to tie their knot in holy matrimony.
More popularly known as the Novena Church, this wonder of Gothic architecture is a Catholic Church popular for its novena prayer devotion. Its novena services on Saturday garner crowds from around the country and even the world. Built in the 1950s, this Church has undergone several renovations to attain its present francigenum opus form.
Location - 300 Thomson Road, Novena, Singapore
Our Lady of the Lourdes Church is a pinnacle of secularism and acceptance in the culture of Singapore. Established in 1888 as the first Tamil Catholic Church in Singapore, it now welcomes people of all faiths and conducts sermons in English, Tamil and Sinhalese. The neo-Gothic wonder has been modelled after its namesake in France and is truly a sight to behold.
Location - 50 Ophir Road, Singapore
Briefly used as the Vatican’s embassy in Singapore, the Church of the Sacred Heart is one of the oldest Archdiocese parishes in the world. It is famously known for events held on special feast days such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and All Souls’ Day. The versatile establishment was founded in 1910 and remains one of the most important Roman-Catholic churches.
Location - 111 Tank Rd, Singapore 238069
With the largest parish population in the archdiocese, this Roman-Catholic church in Singapore is known for its incredible architecture and artwork. Equipped with a car-park, cafeteria and choir room, the church has been renovated over four times in it’s the last 50 years. Its stained glass work depicting the Holy family and 16 scenes from Jesus’ life attracts art aficionados and worshippers from all over.
Location - 6 Chapel Rd, Singapore 429509
The only church in Singapore to offer a mass in Teochow, the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in 1898 to foster ties between Catholics and the Teochew community in the country. Having played a prominent role in educating the poor masses, the church stands attached to several schools today. Known for educating an outstanding number of priests, this church was accorded recognition as a ‘national monument’ in 2005.
Location - 1259 Upper Serangoon Rd, Singapore 534795
Singapore’s first rural church, the Chruch of St. Teresa was recognised as a National Monument in 2009. Built largely to cater to Singapore’s Hokkien speaking community, the structure is based on Montmarte’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart accommodating features of the Romano-Byzantine style. A source of attraction at this church are its five bronze bells casted by the Cornille-Harvard Bell Foundry in France.
Location - 510 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 099446
Noted for following Portuguese religious traditions, the Traditional Latin Mass, held on Sundays, is a must attend. Gazetted a National Monument in 2005, the St. Joseph’s Church has been known to hold contemporary art exhibitions within its Gothic-inspired walls. The church has been built in the shape of a Latin cross with a wooden barrel-vault ceiling and stained glass details – a welcome sight amongst Victoria Street’s concrete jungle.
Location - 143 Victoria St, Singapore 188020
Located smack in the middle of Singapore’s Art District, this church marks the beginning of Chinese-Catholic culture in the country. Initially, the church catered to the entire Chinese and even Indian Catholic population in the area, however as newer churches were built, many parishioners migrated. The church primarily provides sermons in English with a special Mandarin session on Sunday mornings and a Cantonese session on Sunday afternoons.
Location - 225A Queen St, Singapore 188551
The Bartley Christian Church is known for having the most diverse parishioners in Singapore. It offers sermons in English, Mandarin, Filipino, Korean, Telegu and Indonesian. With a mission of ‘touching hearts and building lives’, the Bartley Christian Church’s reputation as the people’s church precedes it. This church is a must-visit to understand the multi-culturalism that Singapore encompasses truly.
Location - 4 How Sun Dr, Singapore 538526