Gloria Church

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Gloria Church
Nossa Senhora de Gloria
Gloria Church, Mumbai-gogri.jpg
Basic information
Location India Byculla, Mumbai, India
Geographic coordinates 18°58′30″N 72°50′03″E / 18.975°N 72.834167°E / 18.975; 72.834167Coordinates: 18°58′30″N 72°50′03″E / 18.975°N 72.834167°E / 18.975; 72.834167
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 1632; 386 years ago (1632)
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Active
Architectural style English Gothic

Gloria Church (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Gloria) is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Mumbai; it was built by the Portuguese Franciscans in 1632. The church is situated in the Byculla, Mumbai.[1]


The original Gloria Church, Nossa Senhora da Glória, was built in 1632 at the foot of the Mazagaon hill. This Franciscan church was funded by the De Souza e Lima family, who owned the Mazagaon island which they procured from the King of Portugal in 1572. The old church was demolished in 1911 and the present one, built at Byculla,[1] was opened in 1913.[2]


The modern Gloria church was built in English Gothic style.[3]

Popular culture[edit]

The church’s beauty has inspired many filmmakers to shoot their films on its premises.[citation needed] Prominent among them was Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony, released in 1977.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Glorious past". Express India. 2008-10-28. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ Gillian Tindall (1992). City of Gold: The Biography of Bombay. Penguin Books India. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-0-14-009500-5. 
  3. ^ The church at the gateway of India, 1720-1960 By James H. Gense, p. 373