SANTA CRUZ BASILICA CHURCH

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Location: Fort Cochin, Kerala
Built by: Portuguese
Built In: 1558 A.D.
Proclaimed Basilica In: 1984 A.D.

The Santa Cruz Basilica is a historic church that was built by the Portuguese. The church was elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558 AD. In 1795 AD, it fell into the hands of the British when they took over Cochin and was demolished.

About a hundred years later, Bishop Dom Gomez Ferreira commissioned a new building at the same site in 1887 AD. The church was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II.






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