Trivia / Puducherry

Which colour predominates the symbolic French Architecture in Pondicherry?

  1. White
  2. Black
  3. Pink

White

The White Town, earlier known as the French Quarters, gets its name from the predominant white color of the colonial French architecture of the locality. Sunburnt yellow, peach and grey are the other colours on the palate which were used to paint this French town. The Tamil architecture, on the other hand, can be seen dipped in the hues of pink and yellow.

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of the most prominent church of the White Town, was constructed by French missionaries during the 1700’s. It portrays a classic example of Gothic splendour and depicts the events from the life of Jesus Christ through its glass panels. This church is also renowned for its glass pictures of twenty-eight saints, who were the great devotees of Jesus Christ.

The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is another advocate of the beautiful French architecture of the White Town. The churches built on the site were demolished thrice before the Cathedral got consecrated by Bishop Champenois, on 20 June 1791.