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Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi (Cochin)

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Visit one of the eight basilicas in India at Santa Cruz Basilica, a church many hail as one of the best in the country. Although the Gothic-style church was originally built in 1558, the British destroyed it, before it was rebuilt again the the 19th century. Behind the plain white exterior, you can expect to find pastel colors and columns painted with frescoes and murals once you step inside. Look up and you'll see the ceiling paintings depicting scenes from the crucifixion of Christ. If you prefer to participate than admire, join in one of the church's regular services. Make Santa Cruz Basilica part of your personalized Kochi (Cochin) itinerary using our Kochi (Cochin) vacation planner.
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  • Among the top 10 places in Kochi, it's a nice Cathedral. Got the chance to visit a place built some 5 centuries ago. The historical look, the beautiful architecture, the paintings around, the peaceful...  more »
  • This was in interesting visit to the Santa Cruz Basilica. We have been to dozens of cathedrals in Europe and found this one to be very nice considering it was built by the Portugese over 500 years ago...  more »
  • Greetings. I had the chance to visit this cathedral basilica. Although I was aware that this is an ancient cathedral I did not know that it hosts the Relic of The Holy Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ f...  more »
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  • Beautiful. The paintings are amazing. You can easily park outside.
  • A good place for worship and prayer. You actually get the good feeling.
  • Really very nice place. Art in the furniture and wall and ceiling is awesome.
  • Santa Cruz cathedral baselica churchy is quite pretty with beautiful architectural design. We visited during our Kerala trip with my family. We spent some time inside enjoying the peace and calmness that one experiences at religious places.
  • THIS BASILICA is where my late dad STANISLAUS PATRICK PITTER grew up n lived in COCHIN .Was lucky to visit it in 2009 WAS such an awesome feeling Could not stay long BUT it was a great feelinh Colleen Traynor Chembur Mumbai

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Kochi offers abundant hospitality options, including a dense collection of international five-star hotels. Travelers on a budget can explore the selection of modest but impeccable homestays and guesthouses in the quieter neighborhoods just outside the central tourist area of Fort Cochin; these make great places to meet local hosts and fellow travelers. If you can spend a bit more, a number of boutique hotels in converted European-style mansions offer individual charm, and eco-villages and resort or retreat establishments outside the city center come with full wellness, spa, and culinary packages.
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