Mother Of God Church, Calicut
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Address: Convent Road, Mananchira, Kozhikode, Kerala 673032, Calicut, India
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Mother Of God Church, Calicut
The Mother of God Church is located close to Beach Road and is more popularly and locally known as Valiyapally. The church is strategically located near the Beach Road making it an oft visited attraction. The church serves as the main center of worship for the Roman Catholic congregation in Malabar.
The history of the church dates back to 1513, which marked a new beginning for the Catholic diocese in the area. The church has undergone quite a few renovations over the years and became a cathedral in 1923.
The highlight of the church would have to be its architecture. The curved arches on the doors and windows as well as the colonnade on the spires are a testament to the prowess of the Italian architects that built the edifice. Inside, there is a 200-year-old portrait of St. Mary that adorns the wall of the 18th century Gothic cathedral built by Christian missionaries. In the adjoining cemetery, one can find a number of ancient tombstones, the most popular of which happens to be that of Pedro de Covilhany, the first Catholic missionary to set foot in Kozhikode. The neo- Roman architectural style of the elegant structure is prominent in the exterior which is surrounded by lofty, square towers on either side.
Mother Of God Church Opening and Closing Hours
- Sunday Mass: 7 am to 5.30 pm
- Daily Mass: Monday to Saturday – 6.30 am
How To reach Mother Of God Church by Public Transport
- Buses are available
- Trains to Kozhikode station
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Mother Of God Church, Calicut Reviews
One of the oldest and most beautiful churches.. renovation done some time back in the first decade of 21st century without damaging it's original magnanimity.One of the important shrines and One of the must see places in Malabar.
Very old church . Renovation done and have a great alter design. Spacious and good for all functions
A good place to lay in pice and have a conversation with your almighty. Peaceful atmosphere except on working days(near school)
Located near the beach, the 'Matra Dei' or the 'Church of the Mother of God' is located within the campus of the St. Joseph School. When we visited the place, last week, we had trouble finding it since most of the auto drivers did not know the English name of the Church. Meanwhile, the Church, one of the oldest in the town is said to have been constructed in the late sixteenth century by the Portuguese with assistance from the Zamorin; it was renovated later in 1708 and then again in 2008. The facade is imposing and the carvings on the door are worth noticing. From the inside, the alter is huge and has statues of Joseph, Mary and Jesus; there is another altar which was gifted by Goan community settled in Calicut. Then there is a painting of Mary with Jesus believed to be over 200 years old, besides which is a plaque in the memory of Rev. Father Pedro de Covilhany, the first missionary to arrival in Calicut in May 1498.