Timings : 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located at Fort Kochi and is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Located on K.B. Jacob Road in Fort Kochi, this beautiful roman catholic church serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Kochi. The church is the second cathedral built by the Portuguese. The first one was used by the Dutch to store ammunition and was later destroyed by the Britishers. The construction of this second cathedral took place from 1876-1905, and it was consecrated on November 19, 1905. However, the church has been there at this place for over five centuries. Hence, the Cathedral not only happens to be one of the oldest churches in Kochi but also in the whole of India.
This holy place is a centre of great historical significance and exhibits marvellous artistic splendour. Showcasing the colours of medieval times, this place was elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. The Cathedral has a white-washed exterior and a pastel-coloured interior. It is adorned with paintings and murals of the Gothic style. The columns are decorated with frescoes, and there are seven large canvas paintings along with the beautiful stained glass windows. The ceiling holds some beautifully painted images depicting the images of Via Crucis of Christ. This Cathedral holds a special significance for the Christians residing in the city of Kochi as it celebrates the dawn of their religion in the land of India.
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