St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Kerala. The cathedral was originally built in 112 AD and was reconstructed in the early 20th century under the guidance of Mar Louis Pazheparambil. Pope Paul VI on 20 March 1974 bestowed this renovated Cathedral with the Basilica status. The originally built cathedral was devoted to ‘Our Lady of Ports’ and today it serves as major religious place for Marian Pilgrims. The cathedral, built in the Roman Basilica style, is an architectural splendour that bears the history of many ages. Visitors are allowed to light candles when taking a tour through the church. Since the church is placed in proximity to Ernakulum town, reaching here by road will not be a hassle.