St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam

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St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica
സെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക
St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam
St Mary's Syro Malabar Basilica.jpg
Front of the Basilica
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilicaസെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക is located in Kerala
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilicaസെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക
St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica
സെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക
9°58′59″N 76°16′30″E / 9.983°N 76.275°E / 9.983; 76.275Coordinates: 9°58′59″N 76°16′30″E / 9.983°N 76.275°E / 9.983; 76.275
Location India, Ernakulam, Kerala
Country India
Denomination Syro Malabar Catholic
History
Founded 1112
Cult(s) present Seat of the Director of the See of St. Thomas
Associated people Saint Thomas Christians
Architecture
Status Cathedral Basilica

The St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica[1] (സെന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ബസിലിക്ക) also St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Catholic Cathedral Basilica, is a cathedral in Kerala,[2] India.[3] The cathedral was founded in 1112, and is also known by the names Nasrani Palli, Anchukaimal Palli or Thekke Palli.[4] 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.

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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.[5]

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.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, Kerala, India (Syro-Malabar)". www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  2. ^ Varghese, Theresa (2006-01-01). Stark World Kerala. Stark World Pub. ISBN 9788190250511. 
  3. ^ The Catholic Directory of India. St. Paul Publications. 2005-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Ernakulam St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica 9th Centenary" (in Malayalam). Deepika. 29 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Archdiocese of Ernakulam Angamaly - Historical Places
  6. ^ St. Mary's Cathedral, Ernakulam

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