Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

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Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica was built by the Portuguese in Fort Cochin, one of the oldest Christian / Catholic Churches in India, which is owned and administered by the Diocese of Cochin, open to all, when no religious and liturgical services are in progress. Most welcome to all, who love history and Gothic Architectural attractions in the City of Cochin, Kerala.
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cnomis
Chorley, UK492 contributions
beautiful
Feb 2020
when we visited there was a service on so we couldn't have as good of a look round as we would have wanted, we did have a peak inside , which from were we stood was beautiful , just wished we could have gone further inside
Written 20 May 2020
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Mahadev André G
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil80 contributions
Catholic church
Mar 2020
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is a catholic church, one of the many symbols of forced catholic conversion in India. To be avoided, as it's a place of no interest at all.
Written 12 April 2020
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Pradip B
Kolkata, India830 contributions
MUST NOT MISS THIS ATTRACTION IN KOCHI
Feb 2020
The Church is having a big and open compound. The structure is unique and the tall Golden Pillar in front makes it elegant. We visited on 20th Feb 2020

The Church interior, particularly the Roof, is very well decorated. 'The Last Supper' painting over the Altar is very nicely done.

It was worth spending time and visitors must not miss this attraction
Written 23 March 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 25 March 2020
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deepak_misra
Bengaluru, India172 contributions
One of the must sees in Fort Kochi
Mar 2020
I would have missed this if it were not for an auto driver I hired. (The fact that he conned me is a different story). He made this part of the tour.

Maginificent is what I would day. I am not repeating any thing about the history which can be read up on wikipedia but the church is just magnificent. I am just attaching photos which might speak better than words

Again - must see. Just 5-10 minute walk from St Francis church
Written 14 March 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 16 March 2020
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Peter1948
Highcliffe, UK135 contributions
Interior beautiful
Mar 2020 • Couples
The outside is interesting with a school and nunnery in the grounds but the inside is well worth a visit.
Don’t wear short shorts.
Written 6 March 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 9 March 2020
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CruisinSusan2014
Reading, UK173 contributions
Beautiful White Cathedral
Feb 2020
There are several cathedrals of Portuguese influence to visit in Cochin. This one is well maintained, warm and welcoming. Inside is light, and open spaced. Typical of Christian religions are the murals paintings statues alter and flowers. The overall ambience is calm and colourful with a nice spiritual vibe inside.
Written 3 March 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 9 March 2020
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sourav90p
Kolkata, India28 contributions
Amazing architecture
Mar 2020 • Family
Located in fort kochi. Great work. Must see for all. Infact all churches in kochi is worth visiting. Spend here 15 mins and sure you can find peace within yourself. Photography allowed. No entry fee.
Written 2 March 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 9 March 2020
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Kate R
Windsor, UK756 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2020
This amazing church has two lofty spires. 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.
Definitely a place to visit.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 22 February 2020
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373colinb
Aberdeen, UK144 contributions
Closed for cleaning
Feb 2020
Sadly we went to this on Sat 1sr Feb and it was closed for cleaning. We got some pics from outside and a sneak view from through a window and it looked amazing. Maybe we should have checked before we visited!!
Written 1 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 2 February 2020
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Shahid Alam
New Delhi, India67 contributions
Historical place
Jan 2020 • Friends
If you are in kochi and looking forward to explore the history of kochi then you should visit the one of the oldest basilica in India and enjoy the beauty of this place.
Written 20 January 2020
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Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905. The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy during the period of 1903 - 1905. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss. There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening. We have the first beautiful Portuguese Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, enshrined in the chapel close to the Basilica. The day after Christmas we begin the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and ends on the 31st of December. God bless you abundantly. Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, Director, Santa Cecilia Recording Studios, Catholic Centre, Thoppumpady, Cochin 682 005, Kerala, INDIA.
Written 2 February 2020
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