The Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, also known as the Laitumkhrah Church is one of the most beautiful churches of Shillong, built on a steep plateau that requires one to climb a set of steps to reach. It is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. The church with its towering arches and big stained-glass windows has two levels: a chapel and a huge cathedral. A distinguishing fact about the church is that it is constructed to resist earthquake.
Mary Help of Christians Cathedral is located midway between Dhanketi and Laitunkhrah and is erected on the same site where the first-ever church of Shillong was built. It was made into a shrine in 1980 and it also houses the grave of First Archbishop of the city, Hubert D'Rosario near the altar. One can visit this church to look at the varied artwork depicting various chapters and scenes from the holy scriptures and the life stories of several saints. Besides admiring the architectural beauty and pristine scriptures, one can also catch the breathtaking views of Brahmaputra River and the snow-clad mountains, on a clear day. Photographers must not miss out on capturing the majestic mountains and pine trees that the church is flanked by. Also, do not miss out on the Grotto church that lies directly below it and can be best viewed from the viewpoint near the church.
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