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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam

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Location  , Ernakulam, Kerala
Denomination  Syro Malabar Catholic
Phone  0484 235 1516
Country  India
Founded  1112
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam
Cult(s) present  Seat of the Director of the See of St. Thomas
Associated people  Saint Thomas Christians
Address  Church St, Marine Drive, Ernakulam, Kerala 682031
Similar  National Shrine Basilica o, Basilica of St George - Angamaly, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, St George Syro‑Malabar Catholic, Ernakulam Terminus railway st

The St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica (സെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക) also St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Cathedral Basilica, is a cathedral in Kerala, India. The cathedral was founded in 1112, and is also known by the names Nasrani Palli, Anchukaimal Palli or Thekke Palli. The church is the headquarters of the Major Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly (Archieparchia Ernakulamensis-Angamaliensis), which is the Episcopal See of the Syro-Malabar Church.

History

The present church was built in the early twentieth century under the direction of Mar Aloysius Pazheparambil and was elevated to the status of a Basilica by Pope Paul VI on 20 March 1974.

The large, tall and spacious cathedral has an altar that was used by pope John Paul II, when he visited India during 7 February 1986. The altar depicts the birth, the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The two 68-foot tall towers in the front have statues of St Peter and St Paul on top, and the bell tower (88 feet high) has St. Thomas statue on top. There is also a depiction of Jesus's apparition to St Thomas.

References

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam Wikipedia


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