Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Kerala admires its opulence, you too will

Santa Cruz Basilica

It is about Santa Cruz Basilica.

Located in the peaceful Kochi in Kerala, this one is one of the 8 basilicas of India. It stands the history of 500 years when Portugese missionaries and another fleet arrived in India. They were welcomed by the then Kochi King. The Zamorin of Calicut declared war on Kochi. The first Portugese Viceroy built the church in 1505 using stone structures and mortar. The Portugese built this basilica which was later elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558.

You will come across various such history-probing stories narrated by the tour guides arranged by the Travel Agents in Delhi NCR. These are interesting and informative.

The church’s architecture features  two spires and a  bright, pastel-hued interior that glorifies its beauty. It has a mixture of Indo-Eurpoean and Gothic art. The main altar was embellished by an Italian artist, namely, “Antonio Moshcheni”. You will find frescos and murals around.
The paintings on Hallar or the ceilings depict the lives of Christ, and a glimpse of life people used to lead that time.

It is an ideal place to sit and learn about the history silently and with peace.

So, whenever, you plan a trip to Kerala or Kochi, do check your itinerary if it covers Santa Cruz Basilica or not. If not, check with your Tour Operator in Delhi NCR, as to how to make it happen. But don’t afford to miss this beauty.

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