Also known as Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Cathedral Catholic Church Shillong is positioned between Dhankheti and Laitumkhrah. This church is erected on the same site where the first church of Shillong was built. The first construction was destroyed in fire in the year 1936. This lovely church in Gothic architectural style lies amidst expansive lush lawns. This church falls under Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong that is known to be administering similar sort of places of worship in Jaintia and Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The Cathedral is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
Cathedral Catholic Church has been made earthquake resistant by filling the rock trenches with sand, thus making the foundation, strong. This cathedral was made a shrine in the year 1980. This church was constructed atop an emerald-colored hill and has stunning stained glass installations and tall arches. The grave of the First Archbishop of the city, Hubert D'Rosario, is located near the church’s altar. Inside the church, a number of artwork displaying chapters and scenes from Holy Scriptures and the life stories of several Saints, can be seen. There are also 14 terracotta stations on the Cross. There is also an underground grotto church, carved out of a hill, dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. If the day is clear, from the Church’s site, one can treat their eyes to the views of Brahmaputra River and snow-clad Himalayan peaks.
Timing: 07:00 AM – 06:30 PM
Entrance Fee: Free