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Alangara Upakara Matha Koil

Alangara Upakara Matha Koil


One of the Ancient Church, here in Kanyakumari, having 153 Feet Height Tower and 8 Feet Golden Cross, is dedicated to the Blessed virgin Mary under the title "Our Lady of Ransam" and was constructed in Gothic style.

The Portuguese Church with its beautiful archaic structure is a major monument of Christian influence. The massive towering spires and stained glass window panes contribute to the overall grandeur of the Church. As you enter the church the simplicity of the interiors, a sharp contrast to the ornate Gothic exteriors is the first thing, which strike you. There are no pews and the congregation sits on the sandy floor of white powdery sand. A tiny cross adorns the altar. A walk down to the fishing jetty behind the church is quite interesting especially if the boats have just come in with their catch. Fresh fish at really dirt cheap prices with a large turtle going for just Rs 500 is incentive enough to walk down to the jetty.

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dominic rajkumar 16-Feb-2009 16:43
Hello OOchappan,

This IS a beautiful and nostalgic photo !! I used to work in Nagercoil, next to Kanyakumari ... Often I have admired the beauty of this church during my visits to Kanyakumari...You have done MORE service in " showing " India to the western public than many Indian photographers.. Well Done !!