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St. Thomas Church, Kodungalloor

St. Thomas Church, also known as Marthoma Pontifical shrine is a major pilgrim centre located on the banks of the River Periyar in the village of Azhikode in Kerala. It is believed that St. Thomas the Apostle landed in Kodungalloor on November 21st, 52 C.E. Here, he built his first church and spread the message of faith and salvation across the State. The bone of the right arm of St. Thomas was brought from Ortona in Italy and enthroned in the present church. From then on, the shrine at Azhikode has been a great pilgrimage centre attracting thousands from all around the world, irrespective of caste and creed. Today, this site is a prominent pilgrimage centre for Christians around the world. 

The church comes under the Muziris Heritage Project. 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 37 km

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 30 km


Latitude: 10.239587, Longitude: 76.193418

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