Popular Churches of Kerala

Kerala is the first state in India where Christianity was introduced. In 52 AD, St Thomas, who was a disciple of Jesus, came to Kerala to spread Jesus’s word and thus established roots of Christianity in Kerala. Later during the European colonization, European missionaries came and converted people to Christianity. Today Kerala has many sects of Christianity and along with it many Churches having old and modern architecture. Let us look at some famous Churches of Kerala.

Edappally St. George Forane Church

Situated in Edappally, St. George Forane Church also known as Edappally Pally, is one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in Kerala. Initially constructed in 594 AD, it was very small in size at the time. In 1080 AD, adjacent to the old church, a new church was constructed to accommodate the growing number of people. Since its initial construction this church has gone through multiple renovations. There is a statue of St George, mounted on a horse, spearing a dragon. There is a well adjacent to this Church and the water from this well is known to have miraculous power. The water from this well is known to remain 2 meters below the ground all year round irrespective of the season. Catholics observe the feast of St. George on 23rd April.

Edappally Church
Arthunkal Church

St. Sebastian’s Church

St. Sebastian Church is located at Arthunkal in Alappuzha District of Kerala. This church is an important pilgrim center for Christians. The biggest attraction here is the ten day feast held in January every year. A procession carrying the Statue of St Sebastian from the Church to the beach and back is held and devotees are often found crawling on their knees during the procession.

Edathua Church

This church is dedicated to St. George. It was built in 1801 and stands picturesquely on the banks of the river Pamba in Alappuzha. The architecture of this church has medieval influences. It was modeled after the medieval European churches. Its annual feast is held from 27th April to 7th May with great pomp and pilgrims from all over Kerala come here to celebrate. This church is known to miraculously cure mental disorders.

Edathua Church
Santa Cruz Basilica

Santa Cruz Basilica

It was originally developed by the Portuguese in the year 1505. In 1558, the then Roman Catholic Pope, Pope Paul IV elevated it to a Cathedral. Fortunately, the Dutch conquerors that destroyed many catholic buildings spared this one. Today it is one of the oldest churches in India and one among the 8 Basilicas in the country. The architecture of this church is a blend of Gothic and Indo-European styles. The interiors of this church are adorned with beautiful Italian paintings from the time it was constructed.

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

This Church is located on top of the Malayattoor Hill in Ernakulam and is one of the famous Christian pilgrim centers in Kerala. This church was set up St. Thomas who brought Christianity to India. This Church is now declared as one of the 8 International Shrines in the World by the Vatican. The annual festival known as ‘Malayattoor Perunnal’ is held during the months of March /April.

Syro Malabar Catholic Church