Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, has earned the moniker 'Paris Of The East' due to the French influence in its culture and heritage. Pondicherry has been influenced by the multiple colonial powers of the Dutch, the English, and the Portuguese, but France always had a strong presence here, and eventually, the French lifestyle started to influence the lives of the locals. The Parisian architectural styles can be seen in Pondicherry, making it the pinnacle of Indo-French architecture.
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, also known as Our Lady of Angles church is a classic example of French architecture in the colonial era. Serving till date, the church is painted a pearl white both on the outside and inside. Built in Greco-Roman architecture style, the church has two pillars on either side of the main chapel. Once believed to be adorned by the statue of Our Lady of Angels, the church now houses a Holy Cross.
As the name suggests, Raj Niwas is the Governor’s residence and is nearly 350 years old. The stunning white mansion is the perfect blend of French and Tamil architecture and was built by the French East India Trading Company in the year 1674. If you are a heritage enthusiast and you are visiting Pondicherry, this is a place you must see.
French Villas in the French Quarters
Mostly private residences, these sprawling marvels are plastered in hues of orange, yellow and white and provide a pleasingly aesthetic sight as you stroll down the road. The perfect fusion of Tamil and French architecture, the French Quarters are sure to provide you with your own personal slice of France on your trip to Pondicherry.
Just behind the Promenade, Bharti Park is a great option for a walk or a picnic. The Aayimandapam, an imposing Greco-Roman sculpture lies at the centre of this park named after the celebrated Tamil poet - Bhartiyar.
Timings: 6.30 am to 8 pm