It is a surreal sight to behold. If tourists flock to the riverbank to see the half-visible structure during the rains, they wander through the crumbling, yet elegant church with its Gothic architecture during the dry months.
The French missionaries who built the #RosaryChurch on the banks of the Hemavathi at Shettihalli village near Hassan in Karnataka in the 1860s would not have had an inkling even in their wildest dreams that the river would, about a century later, engulf their place of worship. When a dam came up across the Hemavathi in the 1970s, people were relocated from Shettihalli, and the church went under water. Since then, the structure plays hide and seek — under water when it rains and out during summer — earning it the name “floating church”. Click the link in bio for more images. | 📷 K. Bhagya Prakash