Puttanpalli (New) Church is one of the famous churches in Thrissur. The churches in Thrissur rank high among the prominent churches in Kerala. An ideal destination while on a Kerala Tour, Thrissur is renowned as Trichur.
Popularly called the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is home to several museums, art schools and institutes that manifest the rich cultural traditions of Kerala. While exploring the several tourist attractions in Kerala, you have to be at the churches in Thrissur. The churches in Thrissur are considered among the most visited religious places in Kerala.
Puttanpalli (New) Church is better known as the Shrine Basilica of Our lady of Dolours. Centrally located in Thrissur town, Puttanpalli (New) Church is the biggest and the tallest church in Asia. The church is well-known for its Gothic and historic style of architecture.
Spread over an area of 25000 sq ft, the Puttanpalli (New) Church has three towers, two in front and one in rear. Sanctioned by Maharaja of Cochin, His Excellency Rama Varma, the church was constructed in 1940 with the blessings of His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Francis Vazhapilly.
On 25th April 1992, the church was raised to the status of Minor Basilica by the Pope John Paul II. Thereafter the church has come to be called Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours or Puttanpalli (New) Church. This elevation made the church a perfect example for all liturgical services and administration of sacraments. Fire services are held here every Friday and Sunday, in which the faithful worshippers participate actively.