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St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Edappally

St. George Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, popularly known as Edappally Mar Geevarghese Sahada Palli orEdapally Palli is situated in Edappally, about 10 km from Cochin, India. This is one of the oldest churches in India, built in 594 AD. It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, called Marth Mariam in the vernacular. In 1080, a new church was built adjacent to the old church. Every year, a nine-day festival is celebrated here in the month of April - May. The church is also popular among the non-Christians as a pilgrimage centre.

The St. George Syro-Malabar Forane Church is known to have a history of 14 centuries. Edappally was then a small hamlet, a part of the princely kingdom of Elangalloor. The Syrian Christian congregation at Edappally was small in number and were the descendants of the people converted into Christianity by St. Thomas the Apostle who came to India in 52 AD.

St. George Syro-Malabar Forane Church is located in Edappally, about 10 km from the city of Kochi. The church situates 500 metres from the meeting point of two national highways, NH 47 and NH 17 and is accessible by road from any part of India. The nearest airport is Nedumbassery International Airport, approximately 22 km from the church. There is a railway station at Edappally situated 3 km from the church. Kochi Metro, the metro rail network of Kochi, runs in front of the church.

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