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The Infant Jesus Cathedral is a magnificent church that is located in Thangasseri, in the city of Kollam in southern India. This historic Roman Catholic Church was formerly known as the Bom Jesu Church and was established by the Portuguese in the year 1614. Built in the dedication of Saint Francis Xavier, the church witnesses a large footfall on all days of the week. The beautiful church with its marvellous architecture and spellbinding interiors is indeed a sight to behold on Sundays, that is the day of the mass when not only the Roman Catholics but people from all sects and religions come to seek the blessings of Jesus Christ.
Till date, the Infant Jesus Cathedral holds a prime place of prominence and reverence in the annals of the Church in India. It is now the pro-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, the ancient and first Catholic diocese of India. Not only this, but the church also continues to act as a relic of the Portuguese rule in India, and bears testimony to the cultural and religious influence that they have left behind. Even though the church was built in 1614, it was renovated a few years ago, and it was after this refurbishing that the church acquired its present vast and breathtaking structure.
The magnificent church boasts of having a spacious interior, a vast compound and beautiful glass stained windows that depict the life of Jesus. One of these windows is extremely beautiful and showcases Christ sitting in the Lotus position and meditating. The interiors of the church are brimming with tranquillity and silence, and this peaceful exuberance of the church along with its spectacular beauty is what makes a visit to the Infant Jesus Cathedral worth it.
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