Names and synonyms of the church: You will be able to find various
old and new churches all around India. Among the typical and oldest churches, Santa Cruz
Basilica has been a remarkable one. In 1505, this church has been constructed
by Portuguese people living at the place. Just after few years, an eminent Pope
provided a different status to the church. Pope named Paul IV has elevated the status
of church to that of a cathedral. The status of cathedral has been found in the
Place: This is one of the oldest churches having its location at
Cochin. A group of people with Dutch religion who have got a fascination of invasion
have not. They have already demolished some catholic buildings but astonishingly,
they left this cathedral.
The church was demolished by a British ruler and has been reconstructed in the year
1887. This was done due to the order made by Bishop Dom Gomez Vereira.
In the year 1984, the particular title has been provided as Basilica by the legend,
Pope John Paul II. People visiting Kerala would be really happy to visit the wonderful
heritage of the country. At present this church is located at the eastern side of the Children’s Park, Fort Cochin.
Description: The wonderful place as well as the church which is
having a historic significance is known as Santa Cruz Basilica. The place has been
endowed by the architecture of the nation with the artistic grandeur. The colors
used at the cathedral are with gothic style. This church is very closely located
to St Francis church.
After the arrival of Portuguese missionaries which was associated with second Portuguese,
Pedro Álvares Cabral.
There was a king to be ruled in the kingdom of Cochin where there was a war against
the kingdom. Commander Dom Afonso de Albuquerque has come to Cochin in the years
1503. He was the person to defeat the enemies of the king who have been the ruler
of the kingdom for years.
Interesting facts about the place: In the year 1505, the Pedro Álvares Cabral was
the only person to get the permission from the king of Cochin to make this cathedral.
This church was constructed by use of typical stone as well as mortar. The structure is
built so well that, it resembles as a temple or a royal palace. On 3rd of May 1505,
the foundation stone have been laid.
Santa Cruz Cathedral is one of the 8 basilicas in India at present. In the year
2004, this church completed its five hundred years of its existence. The architecture
of church is a mixture of Indo – European and the gothic style. The creation of
the podium and the wooden paneling of the church are very much notable. The Italian
paintings provide the church a magnificent look throughout the five hundred years,
i.e. the original foundation of the Santa Cruz Church.