#17 of 30 Places to Visit in Thrissur
Distance (From Thrissur Railway Station): 2.5 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Thrissur Railway Station, Lourdes Cathedral (also known as Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral) is one of the largest churches in Kerala.
Dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, the church is noted for its imposing interior. Main attraction is an underground shrine which is a masterpiece of architectural designing. The exterior of this church features an Indo-European facade with pink spires. The Centenary of this church was celebrated during the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to Thrissur in 1986. The Cathedral church attracts thousands of pilgrims every month. There is also a permanent exhibition of artwork depicting the life of Jesus which lines the tower staircase, ranging from beautifully detailed stained glass windows to garish frescoes and wood carvings. The 80 meter Bell Tower is also open to visitors. One can climb the 350 steps or take the lift to the top of Bell Tower.