Vallarpadam Church, Kochi (Cochin)

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Admire an impressive white baroque fa├žade of Vallarpadam Church, a major pilgrimage center for Christians built on a lake island. Originally built in 1524 by the Portuguese and then destroyed by the Dutch, the present-day structure dates to 1676 featuring impressive square-based six story twin towers overlooking the Vembanad Lake. The basilica houses a picture of Mary and Jesus above the altar brought by Vasco De Gama as well as a shrine with a picturesque statue of Virgin Mary, locally known as Vallarpadathamma, carrying a toddler Jesus. Climb the steps leading to the top of one of the towers to get a panoramic view. Add Vallarpadam Church and other attractions to your Kochi (Cochin) trip itinerary using our Kochi (Cochin) online sightseeing planner.
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  • all the colonial churches in this part of India can be very interesting and can teach us so many things about indian history  more »
  • Old church with quite striking exterior and bell towers. Nice to view from outside and you may respectfully visit inside too  more »

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