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     Santa Cruz Cathedral Bascilica


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          The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in India. 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 close 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 Pope John Paul II in 1984.


 

          The history of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica dates back to the sixteenth century and begins with the arrival of Portuguese missionaries in 1500 CE. The construction works started when the first Portuguese Viceroy Dom Francisco de Almeida got permission from the Cochin Raja to build a church. The foundation stone was laid on May 3, 1505, the feast day of the 'Invention of the Holy Cross', hence the church was named Santa Cruz. Meanwhile the church had undergone some serious demolition and re-erection. The present day structure was consecrated on 19 November 1905. In 1984 Pope John Paul II raised the status of Santa Cruz Cathedral to Basilica for its antiquity, artistic dignity and historical importance.



          This amazing construction has two lofty spires that welcomes all even from a distance. The exterior is white-washed and astonishingly bright and the interior is pastel-coloured. The interior of the church has Gothic style architecture with its overwhelming arches and an awe-inspiring altar. The main altar was decorated by the renowned Italian painter Fr Antonio Moscheni and his disciple De Gama of Mangalore. Their contribution is still vivid in the columns that are decorated with frescoes and murals. The seven large canvas paintings including a beautiful reproduction of the 'Last Supper' by Leonardo da Vinci are a real feast for the eyes. The ceilings of the church are adorned with paintings that depict scenes from the Via Crucis of Christ. The beautiful stained glass windows are another attraction.





     Location


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 Nearest Airport:

 : Cochin International Airport

 Road :

 From Airport to spot(44.6 km, 1 hours 11 mins )


   Directions :


1. Head north on Airport Rd/Domestic Terminal Rd
           450 m

2. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
           180 m

3. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airport Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the right in 300 m)
           4.6 km

4. Turn left at Athaani Airport Jct onto Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by BP Petrol Pump (on the left in 15.5 km)
           16.9 km

5. Turn left at Edapally Station Kavala to stay on Salem-Kanyakumari Hwy Pass by Punjab National Bank (on the left in 2.7 km)
           9.9 km

6. Turn right at Kundannoor Jct onto Kochi - Dhanushkodi Rd/Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Continue to follow Kundannoor Willington Island Rd Pass by Tristar Residency (on the left)
           5.4 km

7. Turn left at Cochin Port Jct onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           700 m

8. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

9. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

10. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd
           2.0 km

11. Turn right onto Cemetery Rd
           22 m

12. Take the 1st left onto KB Jacob Rd Go through 1 roundabout Pass by Kitho Stores (on the right in 1.0 km) Destination will be on the left
           1.5 km

13.Spot





     Location




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 Nearest Railway station:

 Ernakulam South Railway Station

 Road :

 From Ernakulam South Railway Station to spot(12.7 km, 30 mins )


   Directions :



1. Head south on S Railway Station Rd
           150 m

2. Turn left to stay on S Railway Station Rd Pass by Tourist Land Tour & Travel (on the left)
           280 m

3. Turn left at South Jct onto Chittoor Rd Pass by Pioneer Placements & Services (on the left)
           400 m

4. Turn left at Valanjambalam Jct onto Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd
           38 m

5. Sharp right at Valanjambalam Jct to stay on Ettumanoor - Ernakulam Rd/Sahodaran Ayyappan Rd Pass by Medical Trust Hospital Out-Patient Block (on the left)
           180 m

6. Turn left at Pallimukku Jct onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd Pass by HSBC Bank (on the left)
           2.1 km

7. Continue onto Vikranth-Venduruthy Bridge
           850 m

8. Continue onto Old NH 47
           1.4 km

9. Turn left to stay on Old NH 47
           600 m

10. At Cochin Port Jct, continue onto Thoppumpady BOT Bridge
           650 m

11. Turn right at BOT Bridge Jct onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/Aroor-Thoppumpady Rd Continue to follow Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd Pass by State Bank of Travancore (on the left)
           900 m

12. Turn left at Muthu Medicals onto Alappuzha-Arthunkal-Chellanam-Thoppumpady Rd/P T Jacob Rd Pass by State Bank of India (on the left)
           1.7 km

13. Turn right onto K.J. Herschel Rd
           2.0 km

14. Turn right onto Cemetery Rd
           22 m

15. Take the 1st left onto KB Jacob Rd Go through 1 roundabout Pass by Kitho Stores (on the right in 1.0 km) Destination will be on the left
           1.5 km

16.Spot



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