Friday 2 October 2015

ShettiHalli Church

Shettihalli church also known as the Holy Rosary Church which was built by French Missionaries around 1860.It was abandoned when the Hemavathi Reservoir was built and now it is in ruins. The waters of the reservoir submerge the church every monsoon and it is a sight to see. It’s blended with antiquity and holiness. The church was reportedly built with mortar and bricks and a mixture of jaggery and eggs.During monsoons, the water level rises submerging the entire church apparently, when only the spire is seen at times. The entire roof had caved in while part of the altar and the central nave still stand but there were no stained glass windows or pews or even windows left in the church. It’s a little tricky to get there once you deviate from the Gorur road. Talk to the locals and they will guide you. The church is an absolute architectural beauty even in its old age is built in typical Gothic style.

Road Map: Bangalore-- Nelamangala--Kunigal--Chennarayapatna--Shantigrama --Hassan(take the bypass ) and carry on the Gorur road for 22kms.

Here is a video of Settihalli Church.

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