Oldest Churches in India

3 July 2024

1. St Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church

The St Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church is situated in Palayur, Thrissur, Kerala. It was built in 52 AD by Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.

2. Thiruvithamcode Arappally

Thiruvithamcode Arappally is situated in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu and was built in 63 AD by Saint Thomas.

3. St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church

Located in Kallooppara, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church was built in 1339 AD. It dates back to the Edappally dynasty's founding.

4. St Francis Church

St Francis Church was first constructed within Fort Emmanuel, Fort Kochi, Kochi, in 1503.  It is the original burial place of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

5. St Andrew's Church

Originally constructed in 1575 by Portuguese Jesuits, St Andrew's Church is situated in Bandra, Mumbai.

6. Basilica Of Bom Jesus

Goa is home to the Basilica of Bom Jesus whose construction was started in 1594 and finished in 1605.

7. St Mary's Church

C.S.I. St. Mary's Church is located in Fort St George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was finished in 1680. Either William Dixon or Edward Foule designed the church.

8. St John's Church

St John's Church was constructed in Marredpalli, Secunderabad, in 1813. It has a Tuscan architectural design.

9. Christ Church in Shimla

The Christ Church in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh was finished in 1857. It is designed in neo-Gothic style.

10. St Philomena's Church

The 1936 construction of St Philomena's Church, also known as the Cathedral of St. Joseph and St. Philomena or St. Joseph's Cathedral, was done in the Neo-Gothic style at Mysuru