St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

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Timings : 5:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Alleppey Overview

St. Andrew’s Basilica at Arthunkal in the district of Alappuzha, is considered to be the largest shrine of Saint Sebastian in all of the world. Originally constructed by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century, the church was rebuilt in 1584 under the priest Jacomo Fenicio who was believed to possess powers to heal body and mind, and was popularly known as ‘Arthunkal Veluthachan’ translating to ‘fair-skinned father’.

Eight years after the vicar died, the shrine was renovated to face the West towards the silken white sands of the Arabian Sea. The saint was executed by the Roman emperor Diocletian for embracing Christianity. In 1647, a life-sized statue of the vicar was sculptured in Milan and was positioned at the Arthunkal church. The statue has its body pierced with arrows and has marks of blood all over, depicting the brutal execution. The interiors have been tastefully done with woodwork, and the church boasts of marvellous ancient architecture.

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How To Reach St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal

The church is located 22 kms north of Alappuzha in Cherthala and can be reached in auto- rickshaws or private cabs. Alternatively, you can travel in one of the state-run buses.

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