Monday, 31 July 2017

St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam,Kollam - time-honored Scotish church

St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam,Kollam, Kerala. Panoramio

The historic St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam a colonial era Roman Catholic church is located in the Panmana–Chavara panchayat, Karunagappalli 
taluk, Kollam district, Kerala, India. It is one a few Scottish churches in India and is presently active. Established  in 1398, in Portuguese India. it  was later rebuilt in 1779 by the Franciscan missionary Father Yovakim de Santiago. The church is also a parish church, part of the Diocese of Quilon, established in the 14th century. The Church is a popular pilgrimage  center and is also an important tourist destination as it is set in a beautiful, serene place that has many tourist attractions.
 
St Andrew's Church, Kovilthottam,Kollam Wikimapia

Kovilthottam village, Kerala Triposo

 Kovilthottam is a small, quiet  village in the coastal area of  Kerala and is a port, between Chavara T.S. canal, part of the Kerala backwaters and Arabian sea to its west; it can be accessed from Chavara from the iron footbridge.

Kollam city Police - Kerala Police

Here the masses are held in English and  and the church follows  the Roman Rite liturgy. Way back in 1779, the Portuguese  church built in Colonial style,  was dedicated to St Andrew.  Since the church building became old and weak, it was renovated in the 2000s, and subsequently consecrated by the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon, Stanley Roman in 2006. The consecration  ceremony  was  followed by a public meeting which will be inaugurated by the Minister for Fisheries, Dominic Presentatio.  Minister for Public Works M.K. Muneer was the chief guest.During festival times, lots of people visit this place. 


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/church-consecration-tomorrow/article3241710.ece

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrew%27s_Church,_Kovilthottam