St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane, Ernakulam

#24 of 46 in Historic Sites in Kochi (Cochin)
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St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, popularly known as Edappally Mar Geevarghese Sahada Palli or Edapally Palli is situated in Edappally, Kochi, India. This is one of the oldest churches in India, built in 594 AD. It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, called Marth Mariam in the vernacular. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church. Every year, a nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April - May. The church is also popular among the non-Christians as a pilgrimage centre and the popular offerings at the church are chicken and eggs.HistoryThe St. George Syro-Malabar Forane Church is known to have a history of 14 centuries. Edappally was then a small hamlet, a part of the princely kingdom of Elangalloor. The Syrian Christian congregation at Edappally was small in number and were the descendants of the people converted into Christianity by St. Thomas the Apostle who came to India in 52 AD.Since the old church was found to be too small to accommodate the overgrown congregation, a new church was built in the present location in A.D. 1080. The main altar and the facade of this church was later renovated. The altar was renovated by incorporating the picture of Virgin Mary which was surrounded by sculptures, angels and vines. The facade also was renovated thirty years back, but the facade of the present day church is a return to the original one.On 1 January 2001, at 8 A.M., the foundation stone, blessed by Pope John Paul II, was laid for the third church. This new church, which was consecrated in April 2015, has a combination of European and Keralite architectural features and is one of the largest in India with a built up area of over 88000 square feet. It can hold 5000 worshipers at a time in the main chapel measuring 19500 square feet. Vastushilpalaya, an architectural firm run by Koshy K. Alex and Zeril S. Jose, are the architects of the project. The church courtyard holds a well and the devotees believe the water in the well has curative powers. With our world travel planner, Kochi (Cochin) attractions like St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Forane can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This church is worth a visit even if you are not Christian. The artwork inside is spectacular, maybe even over the top, and the view from outside is unique.  more »
  • This is the second time I am visiting with my family members to to this historical, heritage and miraculous pilgrim Church in Edapally, Enarkulam, Kochi, Kerala. The oldest Church in India. More than....  more »
  • Church of St George or locally known as Gee Varghese . Festival is in the first week of May. Being a native of Cochin I have been to this church many times. A new church has been built now. This is a place for everyday people for spiritual revival. as can be said use each visit there personal spiritual revival which is now missing in today's society. You will calm and peace in your life. You have to discover this spark for yourself.
  • Quiet historical church . Just to visit the graveyard is on the ground level the architecture is amazing one of the grates and famous church to visit in Kochi. The evening lights makes it more breathtaking. Quiet place to sit and meditate. Must visit
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