This church was built in 1972, the church building is structured to suit the liturgical orientation of an individual church it is an exemplar for all churches in a diocese. This church has a unique architecture design, which was done by an ingenious architect, the well sort after, Mr. Larry Becker. The Arch Bishop of that time was attracted by this man’s talent in architecture designs and approached him with the proposition to design the Cathedral, which was yet to materialize in the heart of the town.
This cathedral is set up high on 12 pillars symbolizing after the 12 apostles of Christ. The pillars are positioned in a manner to shape the whole cathedral in to a wide circle. The stone walls reach a height of about 10 feet and the roof about 75 feet .The cross erected above the cathedral is about 25 feet in length. The Cathedral does not have pillars built in the central part, the dais is built such a manner that the believers who come to worship can have an unbroken view of the dais, standing any side of the cathedral.
Places to visit in Thiruvalla
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Sree Vallabha Temple: The Flagpost of the Sree Vallabha temple carved out from a single rock with a Garuda at the top, created by the legendary “Perumthachan”.
Sabrimala Temple: The temple is situated in the interior of the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and is accessible only by foot. It is one of the most famous pilgrim centers.
Maramon Convention: A mammoth religious convention of Christians, but attended by people belonging to all communities, is held at Maramon, near Kozencherry every year on the vast sandy beds of the river Pamba.
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Aranmula: Aranmula is known for the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the traditional way of constructing buildings. The location is by the side of the holy river Pampa, which hosts one more important annual event called the Maramon Convention. Aranmula is a small village, but is one of the destinations as specified the Discovery channel, one would definitely like to visit. The famous Aranmula Mirror is made here.
Padayani Folk: Padayani is a spectacular folk event associated with the festivals of a few temples in Southern Kerala, especially Pandalam, Kadammanitta and Chenganoor.
River Pampa: The long snaking river Pampa waters the Western Ghats including holy places like Sabarimala, Chakulathukavu, and Maramon & Parumala church.
Kaviyoor: Thekekudi cave temple in Kaviyoor panchayat is one among the rare breed of cave temples to be found around in Kerala. It is assumed that this temple is constructed in the Pallava architectural style and was built in the 8th century.
Parumala: It is here that Mar Gregories Metropolitan the declared saint of Malankara Orthodox Church takes his eternal rest. The ormapperunnal celebrated on the first and second day of November every year is very famous and is the time a large number of people flock to this place for worship.
Niranam: Niranam Church is believed to be one of the seven churches founded by St.Thomas himself. It is only a few yards away from this place that the great Malayalam poet Kannassa Panicker lived and wrote his main poetic works.
The Christian community in Niranam is one of the oldest, anywhere in the world. Now almost all Christian churches and denominations as well as other religions have a presence in Niranam. All are living in harmony and take part in festivals of other religions.
By Air: The nearest airport is Kochi, at a distance of 77 km from Tiruvalla. Kochi is connected to 9 other Indian cities.
By Train: Trains from the Thiruvalla Railway Station run to almost all part of Southern India and Western India, as the Konkan Railway Line also mainly contributes to the railway lines in Thiruvalla. The railway station in the town of Thiruvalla has regular trains to the cities of Ernakulam, Kollam, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
By Bus: Buses are the primary mode of transport in the town of Thiruvalla. Buses are available to every known location, and you can take up buses to anywhere around Kerala and outside the state without any effort at all.
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