Leaking cathedral set to be restored

The historical St Philomena’s Cathedral, that has been badly in need of repair for years, is all set to be restored to its original glory by the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage.

Built in the neo- Gothic style in 1933 during the reign of Mysore Maharaja Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar  in place of the cathedral that had stood at the spot since 1843, the St Philomena’s Cathedral has a leaking roof and walls weakened by seepage of rain water.

While  the roof of the cathedral has been leaking for over five years and the roof of the basement where St Philomena sanctuary is located, is damaged, no repairs have been carried out so far. The electrical network and the drainage system in its grounds too are badly in need of repair, according to Father William, who is  in-charge of the cathedral. While the estimated cost of the  project is Rs 5.85 crore, the state government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore and department of tourism  Rs 50 lakh,  he reveals.

Full report here Deccan Chronicle 


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