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  more »
  • A very nice, bright, open church with beautiful stained glass windows depict the life of Jesus. On one, he is sitting in the Lotus position and meditating. Could such a presentation in Europe? We have met the pastor and head of the diocese who has told us much about the origins of the Church.
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  • Beautiful Church! Large seating space so you can always find a seat to hear the Holy Mass. Had a beautiful midnight English Service this Christmas. The Sunday evening Mass too is in English while the one in the morning is in Malayalam. The only problem would be finding a parking spot close to the Church especially if you're just on time for Mass!
  • Good church. But main problem is there quire team. Very bad quire team
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