Historic Sites and Museums in Kohima


Museum and Emporium in Kohima include the Nagaland State Museum and Sales emporium. Kohima Cathedral and World War II Cemetery, the historic sites, are visited by tourists for their historical significance

Museum and Emporium:

Nagaland State Museum

The Nagaland state museum holds exhibit of the evolution of Naga culture. It is one of the major attractions of Kohima. It is located at Bayavu Hill. The museum is situated at a distance of 2 km from the main town. The state museum is a store house of the collections of articles belonging to different tribes of Nagaland which portrays the rich tradition and history of Nagaland. The major attraction of the museum is the rare collection of artifacts of all the tribes inhabiting the state. There are rare collection of clan motifs, precious stones, jewellery, traditional costumes, musical instruments, baskets made of bamboo and buffalo etc in the museum. The hut models – Naga Morung are also showcased in the gallery.


Sales Emporium

The emporium has a collection of Naga handloom and handicraft items. It is situated at the heart of the town.


Historic Sites:

Kohima CathedralKohima Cathedral

The Catholic Cathedral of Kohima is one of the important places of tourist attractions in Nagaland. It is located on Aradura Hill in Kohima. It is the centre of the Catholic church in Nagaland. The cathedral is an architectural landmark. It is a semi circular building. Its façade is built in line with the traditional Naga house. The architecture of the building is made in the traditional Naga style. It is one of the biggest cathedrals in the northeast India. The cathedral also has the biggest cross in India. The magnificent crucifix is carved in wood. It is 16 feet high. It is probably one of the tallest wooden carved crucifixes in Asia. The cathedral holds the mortal remains of Rt Rev Abraham Alangimattathil, the first Bishop of Nagaland.

World War II Cemetery

Kohima has a large cemetery for the allied war dead. It is maintained by the Commonwealth war Graves Commission. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Garrision Hill.

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