Gloria Church

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Gloria Church
Nossa Senhora de Gloria
Gloria Church, Mumbai-gogri.jpg
AffiliationRoman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusActive
Year consecratedoriginal structure 1632; 387 years ago (1632)
LocationIndia Byculla, Mumbai, India
Geographic coordinates18°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
Architectural styleEnglish Gothic Revival
Completed1913; 106 years ago (1913)

Gloria Church (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Gloria) is built in 1911-13 on one of the oldest Roman Catholic church sites in Mumbai; its predecessor 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 Revival 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