St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church commonly known as the Kottayam Cheriapally located in the holy Kottayam district was built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharajah and is counted as one of the oldest cathedrals in India. Architecture that is as old as 400 years has still retained its old world charm despite the environmental changes. Right from walls to pillars to the roof, length and breadth of the church is embellished with a unique style of paintings, mural, and architecture. The uniqueness of the church is its exquisite interiors and properties that are brought down from the different parts of India. On one end of the sanctum sanctorum, tourists can see a huge bell that was specially brought down from Goa. There are small antiques inside the church that are made only from granite. One can say that the architecture of the church is quite similar with that of a temple. The stone wall around the church compound looks like the wall of 14th-century Hindu temple. The traditional lanterns that are hanging on the cliffs of the Church also resemble Indian culture.
Cheriapally Junction, Kottayam - Kumarakom Road, Kottayam - 686001
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