Known as the Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, the Cathedral Church, situated in the Laitumkhrah locality of Shillong, is one of the most elegant churches which attract a great number of tourists. Since the church has the throne of the Bishop, it is referred to as Cathedral Church. This 50-year-old historical shrine of peace and sanctity is designed in the Gothic architectural style with high arches and stained glass windows. It provides a remarkable sight amidst lush green lawns.
One of the most unique and interesting feature of the church is the fact that it is built on sand and not on rock. Since Shillong is prone to earthquakes, the church has been erected on sand to combat and absorb the shocks. The grave of the first Archbishop of Shillong, Late Rt.Rev. Hubert D’Rosario, stands on this church. The main place of worship for 3,00,000 Catholics in the area, the church is a pride for them. Special church services are held every Wednesday.
People from diverse religious backgrounds come here to offer their prayers, seek blessings and divine favours through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Cathedral Church serves as a prominent landmark of Shillong with its hilltop location and charming architectural design.
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday - 7am to 6.30pm, Sunday – 8am to 6.30pm.
Nearest airport is the Guwahati Airport. Helicopters are available from Guwahati to Shillong. Nearest railway station is Guwahati railway station, which is 176 kms from Shillong.
By road, NH-17/Nh-37 and NH-51 has to be taken. Shillong Police Bazar is 2.2kms away from the Cathedral Church.