• Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica
Right in the heart of Fort Kochi is a church revered by people globally with impressive architecture and design. It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and was spared by the Dutch from their wrath. An important place of worship.
• Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica: Located a few meters away from the St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is one of the finest churches that holds a lot of historical significance. Dating back to more than 500 years, this church offers a fine display of Indo-European and Gothic Architecture and the grandeur in the use of colors. The basilica is one of the eight basilicas in India and also serves as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin.o Timings: Open on all days except Sunday (7.00 AM to 6.30 PM)Sunday (8.00 AM to 6.30 PM)o Entry Ticket: Not Required
The original church, situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.
Considered to be one of the heritage buildings in India, this church is impressive not only for its size but also for its varied history. Its gothic architecture is fascinating.