St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Alappuzha

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The church, officially Arthunkal St. Andrew's Basilica'', Arthunkal, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India was originally built by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in 1584, under the then vicar Fr. Jacoma Fenicio, whom the devotees claim, possessed magical powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as "Arthunkal Veluthachan", which in English translates to "fair skinned father". Fr. Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time facing the 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 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 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 7th Basilica in Kerala. It is the 3rd Basilica of the Roman Catholic Latin church of Kerala.
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  • One of the Oldest and famous christian pilgrim center.There are two churches in the same compound,One is the oldest church which maintained very well and the 2nd one is the new church which is renovat...  more »
  • This place is located in the district of alappuzha and very prominent among the locals in terms of religious importance, majestic architecture which would have spanned over decades. The place is very ...  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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