St. Joseph's Cathedral, Trivandrum

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St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral
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St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral is located in Kerala
St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral
St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral
Location of the cathedral in Kerala
8°30′16″N 76°57′06″E / 8.504311°N 76.951571°E / 8.504311; 76.951571Coordinates: 8°30′16″N 76°57′06″E / 8.504311°N 76.951571°E / 8.504311; 76.951571
LocationPalayam, Thiruvananthapuram
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founded4 May 1873 (1873-05-04)
DedicationSt. Joseph
EventsPapal visit, 1986
Functional statusactive
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Trivandrum
ProvinceArchdiocese of Trivandrum
ArchbishopCalist Soosa Pakiam

St. Joseph's Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as Palayam Palli is the Roman Catholic Latin Rite cathedral of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum. The first church was built here in 1873. The church was intended in the manner of a cross in 1912. The final stage of extension, including the Gothic style facade and the bell-tower was completed in 1927. The three bells were brought from Belgium and were named Joseph, Xavier, and Aloysius in honour of St. Joseph, the Patron of the Church, St. Francis Xavier, the Apostle of India and Bishop Aloysius Maria Benziger the pioneer Missionary-Bishop of Quilon respectively. Upon the bifurcation of the Diocese of Quilon, the new diocese of Trivandrum was formed on 1 July 1937, and St. Joseph’s Church became the cathedral of the newly formed diocese. When the diocese was raised to a metropolitan archdiocese in 2004, the cathedral became a metropolitan cathedral. The cathedral has a statue of its patron St. Joseph with the child Jesus in the middle of the facade and a statue of Jesus with hands raised atop the tower. The church which is white in colour was painted red from 1927 to 2010. It was renovated during the period 2008 to 2010.



  • Official Cathedral Website
  • Cathedral website
  • "St. Joseph's Cathedral undergoes a makeover". The Hindu. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2018.