7th – 15th December, 2019

In early December I went on my final vacation of the year back to India. I decided to spend 3 nights in Hyderabad before heading down to Bangalore for 4 further nights. The main reason was to catch up with my friends there and also to get some much needed sunshine and warmth! I arrived…

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral – Bengaluru, India

This is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangalore in India. Prior to 1940, Bangalore was part of the Diocese of Mysore and St. Patrick’s Church was the cathedral of the diocese. On 13th February, 1940 the Diocese of Bangalore was formed by the bifurcation of the Mysore Diocese and St. Francis…

St. George’s Church – Hyderabad, India

This church is the oldest church in the city of Hyderabad in India’s Telengana State. It was built in 1844 by the Church Missionary Society. Since 1947, it has been part of the Church of South India in the Diocese of Medak. In 1836 through the offices of the Resident, a piece of land was…

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

Cathedral Church of Saint Mary the Virgin This cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is the see of the Bishop of Edinburgh. It was built in the late 19th Century to a Gothic design by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It’s spire reaches a height of…

St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

St. Giles’ Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is a parish church in the Church of Scotland. It is located in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The first stone church of St. Giles’ was built around 1124 in the Romanesque style. Very little of this first church survives. The core of the building that…

Glasgow Cathedral

This cathedral, also known as the ‘High Kirk of Glasgow’, St. Kentigern’s or St. Mungo’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Scotland and also the oldest building in Glasgow. The congregation is part of the established Church of Scotland and the building is maintained by Scottish Heritage on behalf of the Scottish Government. The site…

1st – 5th October, 2019

Following on from my trip to the Philippines, I headed to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for a few days before flying back to the UK. I had already visited KL back in 2013, but wanted to revisit for more exploration! KL is a big city but so much easier to get around than Manila and…

22nd – 30th September, 2019

For my main vacation for this year I decided to head back to the Philippines. I planned to stay in Manila and also Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan. I was going mainly to catch up with friends but also to do a little more exploring as I didn’t really see much of Puerto…

Thean Hou Temple – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This temple, located on Robson Heights in Kuala Lumpur is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu. Thean Hou which translated means Queen/Empress of Heaven was an official title conferred on Mazu in 1683. It is customary never to pray to her using that title during emergencies since it is believed that on hearing them,…

St. Mary’s Cathedral – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin This is the mother church of the Diocese of West Malaysia in the Anglican Church of the Province of South East Asia. It is the Episcopal see of the Anglican Bishop of South East Asia. The original church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and consecrated on 13th February,…

San Agustin Church – Manila Philippines

Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Consolacion y Correa This is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of the Order of St. Augustine. It is located in Intramuros, the historic walled city in Manila. The church was completed in 1607 and is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It is one of four…

Immaculate Conception Cathedral – Puerto Princesa, Philippines

This cathedral is the seat of the Titular Bishop of The Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa. It is not part of an ecclesiastical province as it is directly subject to The Holy See, but for purposes of apostolic co-operation, it is usually grouped with the Archdiocese of Manila. The first mass in Puerto Princesa was…