This magnificent church is a must see destination for tourists who come to Cochin. The Santa Cruz Basilica not only happens to be one of the oldest churches in Cochin, but also in the whole of India. It is one of the eight Basilicas in the country. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style.
The basilica serves as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin, the second oldest Diocese of India. It is closely located to St. Francis Church. It was built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop D. João Gomes Ferreira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, Santa Cruz was proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984.
This famous historical church of India features marvelous architecture. Most of its architecture is a beautiful instance of Indo-European architecture and is in the gothic style. Especially impressive are the carved wooden panels and the pulpit of this beautiful church of Cochin. The interiors of the Santa Cruz Basilica are mostly original. Italian paintings, dating from the time of the original foundation of the church, adorn the walls inside Santa Cruz Basilica.
You can view a huge decorative granite pillar in the south eastern corner of Santa Cruz Basilica. This is a remnant of the the original cathedral destroyed by the British. This Catholic church is located in Fort Kochi.
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