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Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica in Kochi

Set out on a ride through the past pages marked by historical towers and structures. One such place in Kochi is the Santa Cruz Basilica. A visit to this iconic landmark in Kochi allows you to embrace artistry, history, and architectural brilliance. The Santa Cruz Basilica is not only one of the finest churches in India, but is also one of the eight basilicas in India. This historical tower is located in proximity to the renowned St. Francis Church, which serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin, the second oldest diocese in India.

Times Gone By:

Flipping to the pages of the olden times, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica dates back to the 16th century when the Portuguese missionaries arrived in 1500 CE. The construction started after the first Portuguese Viceroy, Dom Francisco de Almeida, got approval from the Raja of Kochi to build a church. Finally, on May 3, 1505, the church's foundation was laid, the feast day of the 'Invention of the Holy Cross.' Thus, the church was named Santa Cruz.

Over the years, this Santa Cruz Basilica has undergone intense demolition and repair. The church you see today was consecrated on November 19, 1905.

Splendid Architecture:

If you love architecture, visiting Santa Cruz Basilica in Fort Kochi will be a delight. The structure consists of two lofty spires that welcome all from a distance. The exterior of the church is white-washed, while the interiors are pastel-colored.

The Gothic-style architecture on the inside, with beautiful arches and an impressive altar, is quite appealing. The acclaimed Italian painter, Fr. Antonio Moscheni, and his disciple, De Gama of Mangalore, furnished the altar.

On your visit to Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi, you will witness the splendidly decorated columns with frescoes and murals. There are also seven large canvas paintings, including a lovely replica of the 'Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci, which is truly a treat for the eyes. The ceilings are also adorned with paintings that display scenes from the Via Crucis of Christ. The stained glass windows are also a major highlight of the church.

Visiting Hours: 9 am to 1 pm, 3 pm to 5 pm
Mass Timings: Wednesday – 6 pm, Sunday – 5.30 pm

Things to do at Santa Cruz Basilica:

  • Admire the magnificent architecture of the church.
  • Pray for your well-being from the lord.
  • Spend time in peace.
  • Witness the murals present inside the church.

Getting There:

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 12 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 45 km.

Nearby Attractions:

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