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St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church

Pullupalam Rd, Near Lobo Jn | Mattancherry, Kochi., Kochi (Cochin) 682002, India
+91 99461 20597
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A place where history of Syriac Christianity in Kerala Echoes !

A place with huge historical significance, surroundings maintained very well. A good place for... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2018
Charles T
Amazing architectural building with some really lovely spirit

What a surprise to see this place by the road as we were passing in a tuktuk. Stopped and asked... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2018
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The St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church at Mattancherry town of Kochi (Cochin ) better known as the Koonan Kurishu Pally entered the annals of history following the oath taken by St Thomas Christians of Kerala in AD 1653, protesting against the the attempt to impose the hegemony of the Roman Church by the Portuguese . The Indian Church (Malankara Church ) was established by Apostle St Thomas ( Mar Thoma ) in AD 52. This indigenous Church of Malabar/Malankara followed the faith and traditions handed over by the Apostle St. Thomas. Saint Thomas Christians were administratively under the single native dynastic leadership of an Archdeacon a native ecclesiastical head with spiritual and temporal powers. Portughese arrived India in AD 1498 , were surprised to find the presence of St Thomas Christians in India, but Portuguese were unhappy that native Indian Christians were not under Rome . With the help of Portuguese army and Portuguese missionaries they started luring and threatening native Christians to bring them under Rome.They succeeded in their efforts in 1599 with the `Synod of Diamper'. The representatives of various parishes who attended the assembly were forced by Portuguese Authorities to accept the Papal authority. The Koonan Kurishu Oath of AD 1653 refers to the action of thousands of native Christians assembling before this church and taking an oath to preserve the traditions and rituals followed by them since AD 52 and resist the attempts to impose the Roman rituals among the native Christians. But the gathering was so large that hundreds were unable to touch the cross directly. They drew a rope from the cross, and touching it, publicly denounced the Roman Church.The cross bent under pressure and hence the name ‘Koonan Kurisu’. The event is described as ‘Koonan Kurishu Sathyam’ or the oath before the bent cross. Soon after the Coonan Cross Oath of 3 January 1653 the St. Thomas Christians were divided into Oriental Orthodox faction and Catholic faction . The Catholic faction joined the Portuguese, and the Orthodox faction stayed with their native Mar Thoma traditions in defiance of the Portuguese. The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the church building assumes importance. The renovated church is built using clay to keep faith with the ancient architecture heritage. The use of cement and steel have been completely avoided and visitors from India and abroad are coming to the church to see the architecture of the building. The church located at Mattancherry , Cochin is constructed entirely of compressed earth blocks (CSEB). The distinct style with catenary vaults, arches and a dome evokes the past in a way, never seen before. The technique of construction was developed in Egypt, today known as the Nubian Technique. There are 13 vaults and a dome to complete the structure. Today, it stands as the second largest catenary structure in South India. The sacred alter is lit with sunlight that filters through the oculus and the space between the sinusoidal walls. The concept of domes, vaults and arches used in the renovated building has been drawn from early symbols of eastern Christianity. In AD 1751 Church was dedicated to St George with the installation of holy relics of St George in its altar , is another unique speciality of Mattancherry Leaning Cross Old Syrian Church.
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Pullupalam Rd, Near Lobo Jn | Mattancherry, Kochi., Kochi (Cochin) 682002, India
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

A place with huge historical significance, surroundings maintained very well. A good place for meditation, prayer and to know about Syriac orthodoxy in India. The history of Syrian Christians in Kerala and their struggle to keep their faith is ignored by the mainstream media and...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

What a surprise to see this place by the road as we were passing in a tuktuk. Stopped and asked the driver to wait, and went to explore. Not long rebuilt, and overseen by Father Benjamin who is a lovely gentle man, who was happy...More

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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks lot for your great review , The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

മട്ടാഞ്ചേരി കൂനൻ കുരിശ് തീർത്ഥാടന കേന്ദ്രം - Mattanchery Koonan Kurishu Pilgrimage Center - A blessed sanctuary to spend some time in prayer and re-live your Gratitude to the Ever loving Almighty Creator. This church is a beautiful experience yet to be enjoyed by most of my...More

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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks a lot for your review , The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

This was a fantastic find on the way walking to Matancherry. An incredibly unusual church in both shape and colour. The front gate made the place look closed but it was open. They close the gate to stop goats coming in! This is a newly...More

3  Thank Chris W
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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks a lot for your review and may God bless you, The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

I visited this wonderful church this September with my wife and a friend. Father Benjamin hosted us most graciously and explained to us about the church, greeted us with fresh juice and sang wonderful songs with us from the holy bible in Hebrew. A truly...More

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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks a lot for your review , The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Very well maintained church with rich history and very good story to tell . Location wise the church is very near to boat ferry .

3  Thank SamJose
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

We visit this Church on a late afternoon during our recent Kochi visit recently. its really an unique pattern of Church on it's own. Inside the Church, one will get stunned with awesome Medieval stained glass . Very calm and peaceful inside the church and...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Truly exceptional Church with history, tradition and faith embedded in. The Church in the name of St. George is also blessed with his relics. Located at Mattamcherry, Fort Kochi, the beauty of the Church adds to this tourist spot. Moreover, the Church is a symbol...More

1  Thank Jerin J
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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks a lot for your review, The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the church...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2017

Kooan Kurish Old Syrian Church at Mattancherry is elegant in its design . Church is located at the land of Coonan Cross Revolt took place in AD1653 . Coonan cross oath refers to agitation of native Indian Christians against Portuguese colonial forces and their missionaries.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

This tiny orthodox church is definitely a curious architectural object. It is an interesting sight and can be included in a nice exploration walk of Mattancherry from Fort Cochin to Jew TownMore

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TSAMM21, Public Relations Manager at St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Thanks a lot for your review , The Koonan Kurish Sathyam of AD 1653 took place at this Church is the first attempt to resist colonialism and western invasion in India . Apart from the historical legacy the method adopted for the renovation of the...More

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