St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, Kochi (Cochin)

#15 of 46 in Historic Sites in Kochi (Cochin)
Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Attracting visitors with a distinctive architectural design, St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church represents a pilgrimage destination of a historical importance. Originally built in the 1st century CE, the church was the site of the native peoples organized attempt to resist colonialism in India in 1653. Constructed in the so-called Nubian Technique--entirely from compressed earth blocks--the church boasts a catenary structure, which consists of 13 vaults and a dome. The holy relics of St. George remain behind the altar, bathed in sunlight that comes from the ceiling through the oculus. Put St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kochi (Cochin) sightseeing website.
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  • Amazing style of architecture and interesting story. Can respectfully visit. They have vespers in dusk. Take off shoes and no photos.  more »
  • This is a spectacular building which is much smaller once you get into the church hall itself. It is Syrian orthodox faith.  more »
  • Super cool building. I am not Orthodox, but I do appreciate architecture. The paint job is a little weird but the parabolic motif is really wonderful, as is the stained glass, especially in the early morning inside the church. Everyone was also very friendly here. Do drop by for fifteen minutes and take in the color and serenity.
  • A blessed experience to visit and be part of the Liturgy at this Church that has so much history related to it. The hospitality extended by Fr. Benjamin was really touching. Would definitely visit this Church again
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