St Mary’s is Myanmar’s largest Catholic cathedral. The construction of this breathtaking building began in 1985 and was completed in 1899, thanks to a land grant from the Government of India.
The cathedral has been through a lot. It survived the 1930 Rangoon earthquake with very little damage. It then resisted the Japanese invasion during World War II. The 1944 allied invasion of Rangoon (as Yangon was called back then) resulted in the damage of St Mary’s beautiful stained glass windows. Once again, in 2008, St Mary’s stained glass windows were strongly hit by Cyclone Nargis, which killed at least 146,000 people around Myanmar.
St Mary’s Cathedral is situated on 15 acres of land, and you will be in awe at the sheer size and beauty of it. The red brick structure has twin spires that dominate the sky. The detail in the stained glass windows are incredible, as is the architecture of the balconies.
We visited St Mary’s during lunchtime, so we weren’t able to visit inside, which is said to be absolutely stunning. However, we did spend a fair bit of time walking around the cathedral, taking in the various religious statues, flowers and architecture.
St Mary’s Cathedral is very well-kept. There were lots of workers taking care of maintenance on the grounds and surrounding buildings, and the grounds were clean. It was very quiet and peaceful when we went, and I would definitely recommend a visit as an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Yangon.
The cathedral offers daily masses by Father Dominic Thet Tin and Father Paulus Eh Dho Kyaw. English masses are at 6am and 5pm. On Sundays you can attend English masses at 6am and 5pm, and Burmese mass at 5pm.
|Opening Hours||8am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm|
|Location||372 Bo Aung Kyaw Street, Botahtaung Township, Yangon|