St. George Ferona Church, Kochi

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St. George Ferona Church, locally known by the name Edappally Palli, is one of the first Roman Catholic churches of Kerala. The church is located in Edappally, a small town that lies at a distance of about 10 km from the city of Kochi. The church has a history that goes back to the 6th century and is believed to have been constructed in 594 AD on a piece of land which was gifted by the Raja of Edappally. The church underwent several rounds of renovation since its original construction. History has it that this church, which was dedicated to Virgin Mary at the time of its construction, came to be known by Saint George’s name once he was declared as the patron saint of England.

The key features of the church include a statue of St. George (portrayed on horseback and spearing the head of a dragon) and elaborate paintings on the altar walls depicting Virgin Mary and heavenly angels. The chief festival of the church is celebrated during the months of April and May and is accompanied by several festivities and processions. St. George Ferona Church draws large numbers of devotees and travelers during this festival that lasts for nine days.


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