St. Andrew's Basilica Arthunkal, Alappuzha

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The largest shrine of St Sebastian in the world,

the church known as Arthunkal St. Andrew's Basilica and St. Sebastian's International Shrine in Arthunkal, Cherthala, Alappuzha district, Kerala, India, was constructed by waning just Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century. The grand annual feast of St Sebastian Arthunkal in January, which lasts for a month accompanied by millions of pilgrims is one of the important celebrations and major attractions in India.The feast of shrine Basilica also known as makaram perunnal. The church was rebuilt in 1584 under the vicar Jacomo Fenicio, an Italian Jesuit whose devotees claim to possess powers to heal the body and mind. Devotees fondly referred to him as "Arthunkal Veluthachan", "fair skinned father". Fenicio died in 1632. Eight years after his death, the church was rebuilt again, this time reoriented to face 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 Diocletian 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Alleppey was elevated to the status of Basilica by Catholic Church authorities on 9 July 2010.
Arthunkal Basilica became the first Basilica in the diocese of Alleppey and the seventh basilica in Kerala and the third basilica of the Roman Catholic Latin church of Kerala. ( Thumpoli (Thumpoly) Church, the second most important church in the Diocese of Alleppey , is expected to receive the status of the second Basilica in the Diocese.
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  • We visited Arthunkal Basilica on the way back from kumarakom vacation. It's an historic pilgrimage centre and one of the oldest churches in India. The main church and the one built in 1561 are both... 
    We visited Arthunkal Basilica on the way back from kumarakom vacation. It's an historic pilgrimage centre and one of the oldest churches in India. The main church and the one built in 1561 are both...  more »
  • Great time to here not far away from the town get easily . they are following the all covid protocols.. 
    Great time to here not far away from the town get easily . they are following the all covid protocols..  more »
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  • Nice Place, Beach nearby Beautiful church, must visit if you are christian.. Festive on Jan 10 to 28 that time thousands of people will come here for God's Grace. Near to Beach Highway and service stores are near by.. Beautiful place to sit in evening time, there is attached parish Hall for events.. A school nearby and.. Hospital also in walking distance... I used to visit here on weekends to spent some spiritual presence Nice Place, Beach nearby Beautiful church, must visit if you are christian.. Festive on Jan 10 to 28 that time thousands of people will come here for God's Grace. Near to Beach Highway and service stores are near by.. Beautiful place to sit in evening time, there is attached parish Hall for events.. A school nearby and.. Hospital also in walking distance... I used to visit here on weekends to spent some spiritual presence
  • Probably worth one visit. Having being to many churches around the world I was hoping to see some gorgeous interiors. Was pretty plain n boring. The altar was nice tho. Exterior was decent too. Big in size.

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