St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Alappuzha

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The largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world,

the church known as Arthunkal St. Andrew's Basilica and St. Sebastian's International Shrine in Arthunkal, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India, was constructed by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century.The grand annual feast of St Sebastian Arthunkal in January, which lasts for a month accompanied by millions of pilgrims is one of the important celebrations and major attractions in India.The feast of shrine Basilica also known as makaram perunnal. The church was rebuilt in 1584 under the vicar Jacomo Fenicio, an Italian Jesuit whose devotees claim to possess powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as "Arthunkal Veluthachan", "fair skinned father". Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time reoriented to face west towards the long white-sand beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea. In 1647, a statue of St. Sebastian, struck with arrows all over his bleeding body (he was executed on the order of the Roman emperor Diocletian for embracing the Christian faith) sculptured in Milan, was brought and placed in the Arthunkal church.

Arthunkal St Andrews Basilica, the first Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey was elevated to the status of Basilica on 9 July 2010.
Arthunkal Basilica became the first Basilica in the diocese of Alleppey and the seventh basilica in Kerala and the third basilica of the Roman Catholic Latin church of Kerala.
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  • St Andrew's Basilica, Arthunkal officially called as Arthunkal St. Andrew's Basilica , located in Arthunkal, Alappuzha district, Kerala. It is situated about 21 km from the center of Alappuzha. It.....  more »
  • This place is very beautiful and one of the oldest churches in Kerala and hold a lot of religious value for catholic community. 16th century marvel by Portuguese missionaries. Very peaceful , neat...  more »
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  • A famous pilgrim centre in the coastal region between alappuzha and Cherthala. The festive season begins in January. This church situated 200 meters near the sea. This is an ancient church built by the British while the period of their reign in India. People go to this place on foot as a worship to saint Sebastian.Usually People from many places come here even in the off season.
  • A church where anyone can go.. very beautiful church with a lot of statues around the ground.. a very close beach and police station.. comfort stations are available in the beach .. harbour is also a main attraction
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