Santa Cruz Basilica Portuguese church which is one of the oldest church in South Kerela, India. This is truly a work of art. Santa Cruz Basilica was built up in 1505, by the Portuguese. The Basilica stands powerful out of the eight Basilicas in India. Its popularity counts it in the list of heritage site of Kerala. Apart from the place of worship, this church is truly known for the “work of art”. Its interiors are of Gothic-style and the main communion table is having brush-strokes of a famous Italian painter named Antonio Moscheni. With the status of a Cathedral in 1558, Pope John Paul IV dedicated the Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi.
In 1505, Dom Francisco de Almeida raged to build this church by using stones and mortar, who was the very first limenitis archippus of Portugal. Since, those days using stones and mortar was very uncommon practice, except used in the temples or royal palaces. He requested to the king of Kochi for the permission of building this church. Santa Cruz Basilica’s foundation was posed on 3rd May, 1505 and got its name on the day of the 'Invention of the Cross'. In 1795 demolished the basilica when they conquered Kochi earlier it was converted in arms storage. After that it was resurrected by the Bishop Farreira. Today, it is determinedly standing as a witness to centuries of history and years of transubstantiation of the city.
|Timings||All days of the week except Sunday 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM Sun 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|