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Infant Jesus Cathedral, Kollam

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The Infant Jesus Cathedral is a historic Roman Catholic church established by Portuguese during 1614, situated at Tangasseri in the city of Quilon (Kollam), India. It is now the pro-cathedral of Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, the ancient and first catholic diocese of India. The Church remains as a memento of the Portuguese rule of old Quilon city.HistoryThe history of Infant Jesus Cathedral dates back to 1503 when Tangasseri came under the control of the Portuguese. The Portuguese who came to Quilon in 1503 led by Afonso de Albuquerque made Tangasseri a well fortified city by building a fort, which was called San Thome Fort (known as St. Thomas Fort). Saint Francis Xavier established a church, a college(San Salvadore College), a printing press(San Salvadore seminary Press), and a religious study centre at Tangasseri during his visits in 1544 and 1549. In 1614, the Portuguese established the Infant Jesus church in its present location.Later in 1661, Dutch gained control of Tangasseri and started deteriorating churches and other structures built by Portuguese. But in 1789, the Carmelites missionaries, who have arrived Quilon renovated this church and named it the Bom Jesu Church. In 1838 when Malabar Vicariate was erected with Verapoly as headquarters, Quilon was joined to it. Tangasseri retained its pivotal position in ecclesiastical parlance and became the base for Carmelite expeditions. Quilon vicariate was formed in 1845. Messenger Charles Hyacinth Valerga, pro-vicar Apostolic of Quilon died in Tangasseri on December 24, 1864 and was buried in the church. His successor Msgr. Maria Ephrem Carrelon was consecrated in Tangasseri in 1866.
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  • Infant Jesus Cathedral one of the best catholic church the sermon given here by the priest is awesome 
    Infant Jesus Cathedral one of the best catholic church the sermon given here by the priest is awesome  more »
  • The Infant Jesus Cathedral, Thangassery was constructed by the Portuguese in 1614 AD and it was renovated into the present huge and marvellous church about a decade ago. Spacious and well maintained.....  more
    The Infant Jesus Cathedral, Thangassery was constructed by the Portuguese in 1614 AD and it was renovated into the present huge and marvellous church about a decade ago. Spacious and well maintained.....  more »
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  • Best place for worship in town for christians ...they have the best choir team in town..The Infant Jesus Cathedral is a historic latin catholic church established by Portuguese during 1614, situated at Tangasseri in the city of quilon(kollam) India. It is now the cathedral i.e the Seat of the bishop of roman catholic diocese of kollam, the ancient and first catholic diocese of India. The Church remains as a memento of the portugese rule of old Quilon city..The history of Infant Jesus Cathedral dates back to 1503 when Tangasseri came under the control of the Portuguese. The Portuguese who came to Quilon in 1503 led by alphose made Tangasseri a well fortified city by building a fort, which was called Fortaleza da São Tomé(Saint Francis xavier established a church, a college(São Salvador College), a printing press(São Salvador seminary Press), and a religious study centre at Tangasseri during his visits in 1544 and 1549. In 1614, the Portuguese established the Infant Jesus church in its present location.
  • The old one had Archeological importance, but this is beautiful and has a peaceful atmosphere.

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