Santa Cruz Basilica

Roman Catholic

 

Overview

Santa Cruz Basilica, amongst the oldest churches in India and is also one of the eight Basilicas in the country.  Located close to the renowned St. Francis Church, this basilica serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin, the second oldest Diocese of India.
 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.
 The interior of the church has Gothic style architecture with its overwhelming arches and an awe-inspiring altar.The architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style. 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.
 
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam about 12 km.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 45 km.
 

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Ernakulam
Location
Kochi
Address
Santa Cruz Basilica, Santa Cruz Rd, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001.
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Fort Kochi
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Open Year
September 19, 1902
Dedicated To
Pope John Paul II
Visiting Hours
Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 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. Weekdays: Holy Mass 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. Malayalam Mass 6:00 p.m.

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