Also known as “Samba Kovil,” Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry is located on the Mission street. The 300 years old memorial is the mother church of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore. It was initially financed and built by Louis XIV, king of France in 1698 and demolished by the Dutch in 1699. However, the second construction was completed quickly, but it did not last as well. The church was rebuilt for the third time and was once again destroyed by the British during the Seven Years’ War. The present cathedral has an altar for St Joseph, Our Lady of Good Health, Sacred Heart, St Therese of Lisieux, St Francis of Assisi along with a Grotto near the main gate. Besides the tombs of the Bishops of the Archdiocese, the church has tombstones of all the missionaries who were buried there. It is one of the oldest places swarmed by tourists in Pondicherry.
Location: Mission Street, Near V.O.C School Mission Street
Monday – Saturday: 5.15 am to 6.15 am
Sunday: 5.00 pm