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Churches in Kerala

It’s believed that the Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle, who visited Muziris in Kerala in 52 AD to spread the gospel amongst Kerala’s Jewish settlements. He established the Seven Churches there and there started the Christianity in India . Although the root of Christianity in India remain unclear, there is a general scholarly consensus that Christianity was rooted in India by the 6th century AD . India has a good network of trade with Central Asia, Mediterranean, and Middle East countries before the Christian era in India and it is likely that these merchants have settled here in parts of Malabar coast .

Tradition of Syrian Christians known as Malankara Christian Orthodox Church are followed by the churches of Kerala .Churches in Kerala were first Built by the Thomas the Apostle . There are various Churches in the Kerala State of India with various beautiful architecture galore. Christian art and architecture in Kerala in pre-European periods has not only developed from contact with the countries that had trading posts there but also from indigenous forms and techniques of art and architecture.

Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and the English approach to the country has greatly influenced the art and architecture of Churches in Kerala . Altars, statues, pulpits, crosses, bells and belfries of churches are found in the churches in Kerala . Some of the major and famous churches of Kerala are Malayattoor Church, St. Francis Church, St. Mary’s Forance Church.


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Malankara Church

Malankara Church

Malankara Church is also known as Malankara Syrian Church is located in Kottayam District of Kerala India. It is an ancient church of India whose history goes back to the time when St. Thomas one... more »
Saint Thomas Church Malyattoor

Saint Thomas Church Malyattoor

Malyattoor is a village located in Ernakulam District of Kerala. Saint Thomas Church located in Malyattoor is one of the famous and important pilgrimage of Christians in India. It has a historic importance and attracts... more »
St Francis Church

St Francis Church

Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. European were the first to discover the sea route to India and landed at Calicut. St Francis Church was built in 1503 and is the first church... more »
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is one of the oldest churches of India and Cochin. It is also one of the eight Basilicas in India. Portuguese missionaries under Pedro Alavarez Cabral came to this place in... more »
St Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church

St Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church

St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic Church is a Latin church located in the capital city of Kerala Trivandrum. The church is dedicated to dedicated to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. It is located near The Raj... more »
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica

Our Lady of Dolours Basilica church is built in fine Indo-Gothic style architecture is located in Thrissur city of Kerala India. It is the third tallest church of Asia spread over an area of 25,000... more »
St. Andrews Forane Church

St. Andrews Forane Church

Arthunkal is one of the famous pilgrimage town of Kerala. St. Andrew’s Forane Church is located in Arthunkal Alappuzha District of Kerala India. The church is dedicated to patron Saint Sebastian. Arthunkal St Andrews Forane... more »
St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church

St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church also called as Niranam Valiya Pally is located in Niranam village of Pathanamittha. The church comes under under the Niranam diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Niranam Church has a... more »
St. George Forane Church

St. George Forane Church

St. George's church is located about 23 km southeast of Alappuzha town on the bank of the river Pampa Kerala India. The church was previously known as St Mary's Church which was renamed as St.... more »
St Mary’s Church Manarcad

St Mary’s Church Manarcad

St Mary's Church at Manarcad also known as Manarcad Marthamariam Cathedral is located in Kottayam District of Kerala . It is a Jacobite Syrian Christian Church . St. Mary's Cathedral, Manarcad is the biggest church... more »
St. Mary’s Church Champakulam

St. Mary’s Church Champakulam

St. Mary’s Church in Champakulam Alleppey established in AD 427 is one of the oldest Christian churches in India and the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey District. It is a... more »

St. Mary’s Church Aluva

The St. Mary's church at Thrikkunnathu, Aluva also known as Aluva Thrikkunnathu Pally was founded in 1880 by Metropolitan Ambatt Mor Kurillos Geevarghese, the first primate of the Angamali diocese. The church was renovated two... more »
St. Mary’s Forane Church Thankey

St. Mary’s Forane Church Thankey

Thankey Church or St. Mary's Forane Church Thankey is an important church located in Kadakkarappally village of Alappuzha. Kadakkarappally is famous for this church only which attracts millions of pilgrims. Kadakkarappally is also famous for... more »