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St. Mary, Queen of Peace Basilica

St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica, Palayam, Trivandrum
Samadhana Rajgni Malankara Suriani Catholica Basilica, Palayam, Trivandrum
Front of the Basilica
St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica, Palayam, Trivandrum is located in Kerala
St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica, Palayam, Trivandrum
St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica, Palayam, Trivandrum
Country Republic of India
Denomination Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Website Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Founder(s) Metropolitan Archbishop Mar Ivanios
Style Indian-NeoGothic
Parish Palayam
Diocese Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum
Bishop(s) Moran mor Baselios Cleemis
Priest(s) Daniel Charuvil
Chaplain(s) George Mathew Karoor

The St. Mary, Queen of Peace Basilica, located in the Palayam/Cantonment area of the city of Thiruvananthapuram, in the state of Kerala, India, is the first Syro-Malankara Catholic Church to be elevated to the rank of a Catholic basilica. It is the fourth basilica in Kerala.

On November 10. 2008, at the St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum, Leonardo Sandri, Papal representative and Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, announced the designation of the Queen of Peace Pro-Cathedral in Thiruvananthapuram as a basilica. Major Archbishop Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos dedicated the church as the St. Mary, Queen of Peace Basilica on December 7, 2008. Kerala Minister M. Vijaya Kumar presided over a meeting that followed.[1]


The former Pompador Cinema Theatre in the Palayam area of Trivandrum was converted into a church, and consecrated on March 11, 1933. The enthronement of Archbishop Mar Ivanios took place in this pro-cathedral on the same day. The roof of the new church was made of tin sheets, therefore people called it the 'Tin Church' (Thakara Palli). In 1991 the 'Tin Church' was replaced with a new building; Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios dedicated this new church to St. Mary, Queen of Peace.

See also

St. Mary's Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum


  1. ^ Syro-Malankara Catholic Basilica


Deepika,December 8, 2008.

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