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Top 10 Singapore Cathedrals and Churches to Visit as a Tourist

Singapore has a long and proud musical heritage that can be traced back to the days of the British colonial rule. Today, there are numerous cathedrals dotted across Singapore, each with its own unique sound and sonicscape. From the soaring vocals of St. Andrew’s Cathedral to the grandiose acoustics of National Cathedral, these sacred spaces are home to some of Singapore’s finest choral performances. Here’s our top 10 to visit as a tourist in Singapore.

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#1 – St. Andrew’s Cathedral

Introduction:

Saint Andrew’s Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in Singapore. It is located near City Hall, Downtown Core, within the Central Area in Singapore’s central business district. It is the main Cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore and serves as the mother church of 27 parishes and more than 55 congregations. The church has existed on the site since 1836, although the current building was constructed in 1856–1861. The logo of the Cathedral is the St Andrew’s Cross..

Location & Address: 11 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178959

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6337 6104

Website: Website Link Here


#2 – Our Lady of Lourdes

Introduction:

On the edge of “Little India” in Ophir Road, a church was built with funds collected by members of the Indian community who came from Pondicherry. Father Joachim Alexander Marie Meneuvrier, a French priest, saw the need for a church that catered to the Indian population with services in Tamil. In 1885, the government provided a piece of land for the establishment of a church. Bishop Gasnier laid the corner stone of the building on 1 August 1886, and the building was completed and officially dedicated in May 1888. The site on which the church was built was originally a swamp land and located near a canal. Its location near Serangoon Road was significant because the area had been an Indian enclave since the 19th century, and the location was considered convenient for local Catholics.

Location & Address: 50 Ophir Road, Singapore 188690

Opening Hours: 7:30 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week.

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6294 0624

Website: Website Link Here

 


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#3 – The Armenian Church Of St. Gregory the Illuminator

Introduction:

The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, referred to locally as the Armenian Church, is the oldest Christian church in Singapore, located at Hill Street in the Museum Planning Area, within the Central Area. The church was completed in 1835 and consecrated the next year.

Location & Address: Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator Singapore, 60 Hill Street, Singapore 17936

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6334 0141

Website: Website Link Here



#4 – Church of St. Teresa

Introduction:

Built atop a hill, the Church of St Teresa testifies to the contributions of Catholic missionaries and the growth of the community in the city district. The S’pore wing of the Apostleship of the Sea is based there as well.

Location & Address: 510 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore, Singapore 099446

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • 6 pm
  • Weekends:
    • Saturday: 5:30 pm
    • Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 5:30 pm
  • Public Holidays:
    • 8:30 am

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6271 1184

Website: Website Link Here

 


#5 – St. Joseph’s Church

Introduction:

The foundation stone for a new church was laid by Fr. Vicente de Sta Catarina, the successor of Fr. Maia. The church was blessed and opened in 1853 [Fr. Maia died on 17 February 1850, hence the building of the new church was left in the hands of Fr. Vicente de Sta Catarina]. The new church was situated on twelve lots of land between Victoria Street and Queen Street. Six of the lots had been given to Fr. Maia by Sir Samuel George Bonham, then Governor of the Straits Settlement, and six were purchased by Fr. Maia himself, in 1833, 20 years before the completion of the church. Fr Maia was buried at Fort Canning. His remains were exhumed later and placed at the newly built Church.

Location & Address: 143 Victoria St, Singapore 188020

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:00am to 12:00pm
    • 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6338 3167

Website: Website Link Here

 


#6 – Church Of The Sacred Heart

Introduction:

By the turn of the 19th century, the number of Catholics in Singapore was rising. Many Chinese Catholics from all over the island attended the Church of Sts Peter and Paul. At that time, it was the only church that served the Chinese population. Father Vincent Gazeau, who was in-charge of the Cantonese- and Hakka-speaking Catholics, felt that it would be necessary to build a church that would cater for these two groups, allowing the Teochew- and Hokkien-speaking Catholics to remain at Sts Peter and Paul Church. So in 1908, Father Gazeau started a building fund for this church. It was said that only after a novena to the Sacred Heart was made that the site of an old abandoned soya sauce factory, located behind Fort Canning Hill, was made available for the church.

Location & Address:  111 Tank Road, Singapore 238069

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • MON-FRI: 7 am in the Chapel
    • FRIDAY: 7 pm in the Church
  • Weekends
    • SATURDAY: 7 am & Sunset Mass at 5 pm
    • SUNDAY: 8 am (M), 10 am, 12 pm
  • Public Holidays
    • 7 am

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6737 9285

Website: Website Link Here


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#7 – Church Of The Holy Family

Introduction:

Officially known as the Church of the Holy Family but affectionately called the ‘Katong Church’ or the ‘Katong Catholic Church’ by the older generations, Holy Family was the first Roman Catholic Church built along the eastern coastline of Singapore. Like the holy family of Nazareth, the parish started from very humble beginnings: worship and prayers were conducted in a makeshift hut made by the LeSalle brothers.

Consecrated in November 1923 as the Chapel of the Holy Family on a plot of land donated by a wealthy Eurasian, James Scheerder, the faith community expanded exponentially in the two decades before the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. Lured by the presence of Catholic missionary schools, a more vibrant faith community and the fascination of living near the beach, many Eurasians moved to set up homes in eastern Singapore.

Location & Address: 6 Chapel Road, Singapore 429509

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • 9 am to 9.30 pm
  • Weekends:
    • 9 am to 6 pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6344 0046

Website: Website Link Here

 


#8 – Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd

Introduction:

The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the Cathedral Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore and the seat of its Archbishop, Most Rev. William Goh DD. Built in 1847, it is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Singapore and is a gazetted National Monument since 1973.

About

The Cathedral is located in the heart of downtown Singapore, close to the National Museum and National Library. It is within walking distance from 3 MRT stations; Bras Basah, Bencoolen and City Hall.

Location & Address: “A” Queen St, Singapore 188533

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • Monday-Friday 1.15 pm
  • Weekends
    • Saturday 6 pm
    • Sunday 8.30 am, 10.30 am, 6 pm
  • Public Holidays
    • Closed

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6337 2036

Website: Website Link Here


#9 – Church Of the True Light

Introduction:

Church of the True Light has its beginning way back in 1911. A missionary of the C.E.Z missions in Singapore, Miss Apple first embarked on the idea of organizing a mission for the Heng-Hua speaking Chinese in Singapore. Mr (later Rev. Canon) Guok Koh Muo then a young man of 21 newly arrived from China and responded to the call. He started gospel meetings in the evenings with a handful of those from the Heng-Hua community in a friend’s barber shop in Bencoolen Street. As the congregation grew and outsized its place and a bigger premise became inevitable.

Location & Address: 25G Perak Rd, Singapore 208142

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • Monday Closed
    • Tuesday Closed
    • Wednesday 8–9:30pm
    • Thursday Closed
    • Friday 7:30–9pm
  • Weekends
    • Saturday 4:30–6pm
    • Sunday 9–10:45am, 11am–12:30pm, 5–6:30pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6294 0797

Website: Website Link Here

 


#10 – Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church

Introduction:

The Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church is located on Prinsep Street within Singapore’s central business district. It is approximately 350 metres from Rochor MRT station. The church, previously known as the Malay Mission Chapel, was founded by Rev. Benjamin Peach Keasberry in 1843.

Location & Address: 77 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188649

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays
    • Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Price of Admission: Free

Contact: +65 6337 0595

Website: Website Link Here

 


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