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The Santa Cruz Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India that is thronged by tourists all year round. Built by the Portuguese, Santa Cruz Basilica is considered as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, and serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Kochi. This Roman Catholic Cathedral is a centre of great historical significance and exhibits marvellous artistic splendour with vibrant colours of medieval times. Its interiors are adorned with paintings and murals of gothic style and columns are decorated with frescoes. Inside there are seven large canvas paintings along with beautiful stained glass windows. When the Dutch captured Kochi, they ruined all Catholic establishments except the famous St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Cathedral. But later in the year 1795, the church was destroyed when British took over the Kochi city, and only a granite pillar of this grand cathedral remained following the devastation of the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and till date, it is well preserved in the south-eastern corner of the cathedral. The stunning architecture of the basilica depicts a perfect blend of the Indo-European and the gothic style, and exhibits gorgeous architectural splendour with beautifully crafted wooden panels and pulpit. Due to its unparallel beauty and grandeur and overwhelming arches, the church is one of the top places to see in Kochi for every kind of traveller.

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