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Reviewed February 18, 2019

The basilica is a mix of Indian and European culture and architecture. Inside, the timber ceiling is quite interesting and you can feel the atmosphere of religious fervor even if you are not a believer. Good place to visit if you are in Kochi.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TSinParis
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FrFMJF, Public Relations Manager at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905.

The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss.

There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening.

God bless you abundantly.

Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, St Patrick's, Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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Reviewed February 11, 2019

This is a holy place to visit. This church is maintained very clean and neat. There is enough parking place for vehicle.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shaji J
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FrFMJF, Public Relations Manager at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905.

The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss.

There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening.

God bless you abundantly.

Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, St Patrick's, Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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Reviewed February 7, 2019

Typical elaborate Portuguese/Keralan style C19 Church in Fort Kochi. Interesting carved baroque saints etc. Worth fifteen minutes of your time

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Peter B
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FrFMJF, Public Relations Manager at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905.

The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss.

There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening.

God bless you abundantly.

Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, St Patrick's, Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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Reviewed February 5, 2019

Santa Cruz offers a warmth that is missing from many of the large basilicas, possibly due to the timber ceiling ……. and I really don't know what else! Vasco Da Gama was originally buried here and a tomb cover still marks the spot. This basilica is definitely worth a visit if you're in this part of town. There is also a public toilet outside the church but BYO toilet paper girls!

Date of experience: January 2019
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FrFMJF, Public Relations Manager at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905.

The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss.

There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening.

God bless you abundantly.

Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, St Patrick's, Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

Santa Cruz basilica is a good church with paintings and architecture. Highly recommended to visit if you are in Kochi.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Trsaltra
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FrFMJF, Public Relations Manager at Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2019

Thank you very much for visiting our ancient Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese. The Church that you visited is the second Cathedral by the Portuguese, after the first one was used by the Dutch as depot for ammunitions and later destroyed by the British. The construction of the second Cathedral began in the year 1876 and completed in the year 1905, and was consecrated on the 19th of November 1905.

The paintings, including the way of the cross you saw in the ceiling, were done by a Jesuit Fra Antonio Moscheni, an Italian Painter from Bergamo, Italy. What you wrote is true. When you are inside the Basilica and sit quiet for some time, you could feel a presence of unearthly bliss.

There are two holy masses celebrated in English during the week, one on Wednesday evening at 6.00 and another on Sunday 5.30 evening.

God bless you abundantly.

Fr Francis MJ Fernandez, St Patrick's, Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand

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