Owing to the rising influence of French missionaries in the region, a number of churches cropped up here. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is arguably the most frequented of all the churches here. Constructed by French missionaries during the 1700's on South Boulevard near the railway station, this lovely church is a stellar example of Gothic architecture. Its stained glass windows tell stories of Christ and His life, as well as his devotees.


A biblical verse written in Latin can be seen at the entrance, and translates to "I have consecrated this house, that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there forever".

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