Built by the Portuguese Santa Cruz Basilica recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. It is one of only eight basilicas in India. It has a Gothic facade and soaring spires and is a very pretty building from the outside. The inside is ornate and huge - and very colorful with beautiful stained glass windows, arches, and charming confessional boxes. On the very high ceiling are panels painted with biblical scenes.
There are so many details and colors inside that some consider it gaudy while others consider it beautiful.
The first church was built on May 3, 1505. The cathedral was erected on Feb. 1, 1558. In 1795 the British took over Kochi and demolished the church. The current cathedral was built in 1887 and blessed on Nov. 19, 1902. On Aug. 23, 1984 it was declared a Basilica by Pope John Paul II.
Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Visitors are not allowed in during masses, although you are welcome to attend a mass.
Holy Mass 5:30 a.m., 6:45 a.m.
Malayalam Children's Mass 8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m.
English Mass 5:30 p.m.
Holy Mass 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m.
Malayalam Mass 6:00 p.m.
It was built by the Portuguese.Pope paul IV elevated the church to a cathedral in 1558.It was demolished by the British in 1795 .The present structure was built in 1887.Wonderful paintings from the Bible remind one of the Sistine Chapel.In 1984 Pope John Paul II elevated this cathedral to a basilica.
The church of Santa Cruz was originally built by the Portuguese from around 1505, and was elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. It was spared by the protestant Dutch, but was demolished by the British when they took over Kochi in 1795; a new building was commissioned by Bishop Ferreira in 1887. This was consecrated in 1905 and proclaimed a Basilica by the Pope John Paul II in 1984.
The cathedral has two large spires, and the exterior, as you can see in the first photo, is painted a bright white. The second photo shows the interior, which is colourfully painted.
This Roman Catholic basilica was originally built by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. It was then elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558 and was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings. Later the British demolished the structure and Bishop João Gomes Ferreira commissioned a new building in 1887. Consecrated in 1905, this new church was proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.
The church has two lofty spires with a white-washed exterior and a pastel-coloured interior. The main altar was decorated by the famous Italian painter Br. Moschini and De Gama of Bangalore. The columns are decorated with frescoes and murals, the seven large canvas paintings on the passion and death on the Cross, especially the painting of the Last Supper, modelled on the famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci.
This huge church, made Cathedral by the Pope Paul IV in 1558, can be visited on mass time only. But if you take a taxi for a city tour, tell the driver to call the priest who lives there and can show you the place for a little tip .
It was demolished by the british when they took over Cochin in 1795 and reconstructed in 1887.