The temple town of Shirdi located in the state of Maharashtra, is one of the most popular pilgrimage and tourist destinations in India. The town of Maharashtra is usually crowded throughout the year and numerous budget hotels are open throughout the year for Shirdi room booking, catering to tourists and pilgrims alike.
Sai Baba of Shirdi was a divine figure who lived on the soil of Shirdi way back in the 18th and nineteenth century Ad. Because of Him, Shirdi has become one of the divine abodes on the face of the earth. Located in Maharashtra, one will see the huge rush of the devotees of Sai Baba waiting in a queue to have the glimpse of this divine incarnation of Lord Shiva who walked on the face of the earth till the year 1918. There is no perfect record of Shirdi Sai Baba especially about His parentage, date of birth and place of birth but it is said that He came to Shirdi as a young lad and was seen for the first time in a marriage associated with the person named Chand Patil, the one whose lost mare was restored by Sai Baba. In the present times, Shirdi Sai baba darshan is a dream of the lover of Sai Baba and one wants to visit Shirdi Sai Baba temple at least once in life.
Sai Baba was a Saint of countless Miracles
Satya Sai Baba has predicted the coming of the third Sai Baba in Mandya district of Karnataka who will be the last of the three incarnations of Shirdi Sai Baba on the face of the earth. The purpose of these three incarnations will be fulfilled after the coming of the third person named Prema Sai Baba. Shirdi Sai Baba was the incarnation of Shiva; Satya Sai Baba was the incarnation of Shiva and Sati and Satya Sai Baba with incarnation of Sati alone.
It is an extremely good idea to use your time and do your online Shirdi room booking right away because this city has many more temples to offer as well. Did you know that you have to pay homage to Chwardi or Dwarkami before you can even go up to the main temple in Shirdi? There is also the Gurusthanb place. If you are willing to travel a little distance away from Shirdi then you can get to visit other splendid temples as well. Your trip to Shirdi proved to be a spiritual and calming one. Hope yours is the same
Popular budget hotels are located at a distance of three kilometers from the railway station and half kilometer from the bus stop. This hotel provides facilities such as a business center and a banquet hall. The hotel offers comfortable Shirdi room booking with well-appointed amenities. There is a restaurant available as well. The hotel offers clean, well done rooms. The hotel also offers faculties such as a travel counter, a/c rooms, cable TV, and STD/ISD facilities. The hotel also has a big garden and is ideal for children to play. These hotels also have other facilities such as a travel desk, attached bath and a/c rooms.
The islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are to be found in the Caribbean Sea. They are part of an island chain situated in the Windward Islands in the south of the Caribbean and the largest of this particular group of islands is Bequia. The history of St Vincent and the Grenadines is primarily British and French and they are still a part of the British Commonwealth. These islands are very popular as tourist destinations, with a mix of luscious rain forest and spectacular sandy beaches. They are also popular with sailors who sail both leisure craft and yachts. With secluded coves and fabulous diving, it is no wonder that these islands are so visited.
St Vincent is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean and as well as being a base for holiday makers, it is also often on the itinerary of the many cruise ships that sail around the Caribbean Sea. Many visitors use St Vincent as a base and take day trips to lots of the other islands in the group.
Bequia is another very popular destination and the name means ‘Island of Clouds’. During the 18th Century when the British took control of the islands, agriculture, fishing and whaling were the chief industries of this island. Port Elizabeth is located at the edge of Admiralty Bay and offers an incredible panorama of exotic views. The nearest beach to Port Elizabeth is Princess Elizabeth beach and it is accessible both by foot and from the sea. There is a beautiful backdrop of swaying palm trees, the sand is white and the clear blue sea makes this a breathtaking beauty spot.
There are numerous national treasures within the islands and all or any of them are worth visiting. Mesopotamia Valley, Montreal Gardens, Trinity Falls, Owia Salt Pond and the Vermont Nature Trail are all wonderful places to visit on the island of St Vincent. Another interesting place to visit is the La Soufriere. It is a volcano which is on the north side of St Vincent Island and rises to more than four thousand feet above sea level. The last eruption was in April 1979 and it has remained dormant since then so it is now a popular destination for hikers.
The Tobago Cays and Canouan are perfect for sailing, diving and snorkelling. Other water based activities include whale watching, windsurfing and fishing. As well as water sports, there are lots of other activities and things to do, including golf, walking tours, shopping, sightseeing and then there is the wonderful music of the Islands. Due to the agricultural heritage of the islands, the variety of produce is both diverse and tasty.
With so much to see and do, it is no surprise that St Vincent and the Grenadines are such a popular choice for tourists. There is a great choice of accommodation so whether you want a private villa, a luxury hotel or choose to charter a yacht, there will be something to suit everyone. For those of you who would like to sample island life from a luxurious private villa, Ravenala House in Bequia could be just the ticket.
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Heroine of the Early Church
Family, the Lord has given the Church many heroes and heroines down through the centuries, and each person He gives us is for a special reason for that time, not only for that time but for all time. The time of St. Cecilia is a perfect example of that. The Church suffered greatly during that century, but the Lord, knowing we needed Him to be at our sides to assure that He could keep His promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. We have a saying which you may have read in any one of our books:
In times of Crisis, God sends us special grace. This grace may come from Eucharistic Miracles, Apparitions by Our Lady, and Saints and other Powerful Men and Women in the Church. It may come in the form of Angelic intercession. It will come from anywhere the Lord deems necessary. There is only one thing of which we can be assured; it will come. He will use whatever or whoever it takes, whenever it is needed, to protect us from anything or anyone, who would bring us anywhere near the brink of hell. Very often, even if it means protecting us from ourselves. In the centuries following the death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus, there was a great deal of fervent zeal for our Church and all things related to God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, in short the Trinity. However, the power of each Person of the Trinity was manifested in every instance where a zealot for the Faith called upon that Person, especially the Holy Spirit, and was rewarded with signal grace and courage to stand up for, and die for their love for and belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A very charismatic figure for that time, and for our time as well is St. Cecilia, a beautiful child of Jesus, physically as well as spiritually, who was not only willing to give up her life for her beliefs in our Faith, but by her glowing example, encouraged others to do the same, in this instance, her husband Valerian and his brother Tibertius. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let us begin with the birth and early life of this powerful woman of the Church.
Cecilia was born of a noble Roman family, all of whom had embraced Our Lord Jesus and our Church. She was beautiful outside as well as inside, all through her life. She was a perfect example of a fine Christian girl, and was a tremendous influence on everyone she came in contact with. She had a great love for Jesus, and vowed her virginity to Him. She asked for protection from anyone or anything that would jeopardize her virginity. She has been called a “heavenly lily of modesty for her virginity.” She was given an Angel to watch over her and aid her in keeping her vow of virginity. She carried a copy of the Gospel in her bosom and prayed night and day.
She was very desirable as a wife, and when the Lord presented her with Valerian, a suitor who was acceptable to her, her family and our Lord Jesus, she prayed that he would understand her vow of virginity. On their wedding night, after the festivities had ended, and she and her husband retired to their wedding chamber, she shared a secret with him. She said:
“O sweetest and most loving young man, I have a secret to confess to you, on condition that you swear to keep it a secret. ” He agreed with her. You have to understand, he was deeply in love with her. We can’t think of anything she could have asked him that he would have refused her. She shared that she had a lover, an Angel, who watched over her body, her virginity.
She said to Valerian, “If my Angel feels you are touching me with lust in your heart, he will strike you and you will lose the flower of your gracious youth. If however, he knows that you love me with sincere love, he will love you as he loves me, and will show you his glory.”
Now Valerian truly loved her, and could accept that she was a virgin, and wanted to protect her virginity until the day she would wed. He really wanted to believe that she had an Angel to protect her virginity, but he need to be sure that this was true. He asked to see the Angel. He said: “If I see that he is truly an Angel, I will do as you ask. But if I find that he is another man, and that you are in love with him, I will finish you both with my sword.”
Cecilia instructed Valerian to go to the third milestone from the city on the Appian Way, and say to the poor people there, “Cecilia has sent me to have you show me an old man named Urban, because I carry secret orders for him which I will pass on to him. When you see this Urban, and tell him all that I have told you, he will purify you and you will be able to see the Angel.”
Now, keep in mind, this is their wedding night. How much did he have to love her to get up, leave the house, travel to the Appian Way by horse or carriage, and look for this man? He really did love her. He did what she asked. He spoke to the poor people, who pointed him to the direction of the old man. He met Urban the bishop, who wept, and prayed over Valerian. Suddenly, an old man, dressed in a white garment, holding a gold book, appeared before them. Valerian fell to the ground, for fear of his life. The old man picked him up, and had him read from the gold book. “One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is above all and through all and in all of us.” The old man asked him, “Do you believe, or do you still doubt?” Valerian responded, “There is nothing else under Heaven that could be more truly believed.” The old man disappeared; Urban baptized Valerian, and when he returned to his wedding chamber, he saw the Angel with Cecilia.
The Angel gave both of them crowns of roses and lilies, and told them to preserve this gift they had been given by the Lord.
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela or Way of Saint James is one of the most renowned pilgrimages in the history and the tradition is carried on even today. The journey is traveled over the age-old path either by foot or by using various modes of communication such as parts that, by cycle, or even cars. Some people visit Camino de Santiago for other than religious and spiritual reasons such as cultural, emotional and educational reasons. Regardless of the reason of travel, proper packing and preparation are the essential aspects of walking the Camino de Santiago.
It could be a daunting and difficult task for walkers to complete this journey. Careful planning will help in ensuring enjoyment, eased pre-trek jitters and reduced risk of any injury. It is important to carry all necessary items and belongings with oneself while going for the pilgrimage — the way of St. James. Over-packing can lead to stress in injury, and under-packing may result in shortage of essential supplies or inadequate clothing. The journey is towards the northwest corner of Spain and about 780 km long. Therefore, lightweight packaging would be the key to the pilgrim endurance.
Choosing the Right Rucksack
The rucksack you buy it for the pilgrimage should have at least 35 -45 L capacity. The rucksack should not be too heavy also, after you have added the necessary items. A pilgrim’s rucksack can either be your best friend or the worst enemy, so it is important to bring one that is absolutely comfortable and properly adjusted to height and weight.
Preparing for Seasonal Circumstances
First thing that you need to get in order to have a good journey is a good quality and trusted hiking boots. If you’re making the journey between the months of July to September, you can afford to wear low- hiking shoes also. During spring season, waterproof leather is the most desirable choice.
An important fact about Camino de Santiago is that even during the hottest season, the weather can fluctuate tremendously and you may encounter heavy rain containing mist. Therefore your packaging must include a lightweight warm jacket and a rain poncho.
The packing list contains Broken-in Boots, Several Pairs Comfortable Socks, 2 Lightweight T-Shirts, Sleepwear, Lightweight Rain Poncho, waterproof Cover for Rucksack, Sandals or Flip-Flops, Quick-Dry Lightweight Towel, Water Bottle, Personal Toiletries, Basic First-Aid Requirements, 1 Hat, Small Money Belt, Sunscreen and important Documents. If some space is leftover you may and a small camera, small pillow and some batteries and Chargers also.
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In the south of California, there is a territorial division of the country, a county known as the orange county. Santa Ana is the county seat of the orange county. On the basis of population, it ranks as the 2nd most populated county of California, running a little behind the Los Angeles County and on the basis of area, Orange County is the smallest county in the Southern California.
The orange county was initially called “the valley of Saint Anne” and was first inhabited by few groups of Native Americans. After some eventful decades, the California legislature decided to divide the Los Angeles County and form the orange county. Orange County was made as definite political entity. It is named as orange- the citrus fruit because it is considered as the most famous product of the area. On economical fundaments, the orange county makes the money transactions mainly by three ways namely tourism and business.
Tourism is the most prominent aspect of the economy of the orange county. The city of Anaheim in Orange County plays a vital role in boosting the tourism industry and is considered as the major tourist hub. Anaheim is the home of the world famous Disneyland resort and the Anaheim convention centre. As the county is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in the south, the availability of beaches lead to the beach resorts which are the source of income due to the consistent incoming of tourists from all around the world. The beach cities also provide treats like golf, shopping, dining, biking paths and also hiking trails in mountains, thus boosting the adventure in the visits of tourists. Also, there are many shopping malls in Orange County. On a more commercial note, there are a number of companies established in the orange county such as fortune 500 companies, fortune 1000 companies and a large number of regional headquarters which are used for making business deals on an international scale.
Orange County is also known for its interest in literature, religion and the arts. There are a number of tourist destinations in the orange county which highlight the taste of arts of the county. Some instances are the tourist spots like Disneyland, Little Saigon, Ronald reagon federal and the Cart house in the Santa Ana are other prominent structures. On a religious pathway, Orange County is a home to many famous centers of religious worshiping. Some are the Crystal Cathedral, the Calvary Chapel, the Saddleback Church et cetera. There are a few Islamic societies, Buddhist monasteries also.
A number of novels, films and television shows have been set up in the Orange County. Novels like California girl and all the bells on earth are set in this county. The Orange County is also known for its indulgence in the field of sports. A number of sports are enjoyed in the county namely surfing, skate boarding, cycling, and hiking. Sailing and playing sand volley ball.
Orange County is also a host to a number of prominent teams of different sports. The Los Angeles angel of Anaheim is the major league baseball team who emerged out as the winner of the World Series in the year 2002. The county’s hockey team, titled the Anaheim Ducks were the winner of the Stanley Cup 2007.
Thus, Orange County proves to be a true attraction for tourists from all around the world.
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The notable impact of bank foreclosures in Texas draws the Texans to ask interference from St. Joseph. A great number of home owners who are facing the dilemma of losing their homes to the banks have resorted to spiritual intercession by burying the image of St. Joseph to the ground in order to sell their homes in what seems to be their last hope. Religious stores in Texas are now enjoying brisk sales in the sale of such item to owners of homes on the verge of bank foreclosures.
This peculiar situation started when a professional real estate agent in Texas spread out the information that he was able to sell his 3 homes after performing the burying ritual of the Saint. Many Texans are convinced that the reeling crisis on bank foreclosures needs a firm hope and spiritual assistance to get over with the problem. In this hovering economic crisis, it is not only humans are severely affected but also animals.
The dislodged families could not think of a place where they can transfer their farm animals especially their treasured pets. Based on the current statistics, approximately 2-4 million families are lined up to lose their homes all over the country. This means that around 1.25 million pets would be dislocated and face the risk of being abandoned. If this happens, the once wonderful outdoor scenery in all the states of the U.S.A. would become a sanctuary of wandering animals or in worst cases, dead animals.
This is the reeling fear of the government in what is termed as chain reaction, not only in the economy but also in overall aspects of mankind. In macro economics, when the depression originates from the highest point of the chain, the impact below will be heavy. In the same way, when the economic crisis starts from the giant, all the micro components will suffer.
Going farther, this means that with the reeling economic depression in the U.S. today as a world leader, the impact of chain reaction will be carried globally and will have a great effect on the economy of small and poor countries. The effect of foreclosures in Texas will bring about other problems as a result of chain reaction. Once a basic necessity of humans is impaired, other major problems will crop up like health deterioration, poor sanitation, education, crime and peace and order problems.
In the midst of all these traumas, there is also a glimpse of light in Texas nowadays. Only 3 bank foreclosures were added to the list compared to last year. However, experts argue that this is only temporary and a worse scenario may be on the way in the coming months. This may be true enough considering that around 3,800 are scheduled for bank foreclosures in the last quarter of 2008.
This is the impact of a macro chain reaction. When a country is in distress, there can be no part of it to be exempted from adverse effects. In the case of America, the housing turmoil has spread out all over the nation sparing no one.
Mention a Caribbean Island Resort on Canouan in the Grenadines to anyone and they automatically think of Raffles, but the Tamarind Beach Resort and Yacht Club is very well worth checking out, and apart from the fact it is a lot less money, it is in fact a very good place to spend a Caribbean Island Vacation.
It has just forty rooms, so if you prefer small and beautiful to big and glitzy this could be right for you. Tamarind Beach sits on a long white sand beach surrounded by tropical gardens, and the location is absolutely stunning.
To get to this Caribbean Island resort is just a short hop by a small plane from St Lucia, and you will be met by someone from the Tamarind who will drive you the ten minutes it takes through the main village to the resort. You will quickly be aware of the mossies, so you will need your bug spray. Greeted at the Tamarind by a nice cooling drink, you will realise very quickly how friendly the staff are, and this compares very favourably with many other Caribbean Island Resorts.
The regular rooms are completely lined in lovely polished wood from the floor to the walls, to the decking that leads straight out onto the beach, as all rooms are beachfront. If you can afford it, and if you were even considering Raffles then you will be able to afford a Suite at Tamarind Beach Hotel. The suites are lovely, and they include a microwave and a coffee maker, a living room and a separate bedroom. The living room has a day bed and a coffee table, and a large balcony with chairs and loungers. Being up on the second floor there is more breeze, and there is no need to leave the air-conditioning on when you go out, just leave the shutters open. The screens will keep out the bugs, and you will only need air conditioning to sleep at night. There is a king size bed and a nice bathroom.
A Caribbean Island Vacation would not be complete without a great beach, and the beach at the Tamarind Beach Hotel and yacht Club is one of the nicest and best swimming beaches in the whole of the Caribbean. There are several beach loungers for the guests of the Tamarind, and a beach area valet to look after you. Non guests, mostly visiting people from the yachts which are moored offshore have to pay for the privilege, so the lovely white sand beach is hardly ever remotely busy, and the water warm and clean with no dangerous rocks to stub your toes on.
There is comlimentary sunfish sailing, snorkeling, and windsurfing.
Food is another important consideration in any resort never mind a Caribbean Island resort, where lets face it the food can be quite mundane. Not so at the Tamarind Beach where the food is very good, whether you are eating a beach snack at the Pirates Cove Bar, or a meal at the Palapa Restaurant, an open air restaurant right at the waters edge.
Be clear, Canouan as a Caribbean Island vacation spot is not the kind of place for frenetic partying, and there is very little shopping. The Tamarind beach Hotel Resort and Yacht Club is a place for peace and quiet, and gentle unwinding.
For more information on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines go to http://www.caribbean-vacationspots.com/categories/St-Vincent-and-The-Grenadines/
Tradition attributes to Saint Francis the merit of introducing the Presepio to the vast cycle of Christmas customs, when, at Christmas 1223 in the village of Greccio near Assisi, as we are told by St Bonaventure, he took a manger and filled it with hay, tied an ass and an ox near it and with a crowd of people from all over the neighboring countryside attended the celebration of Mass in front of the crib.
However, in Greccio there were none of the figures of the Nativity in Bethlehem, none of the characters, Mary, Joseph, the Child, so that rather than a Presepio, the crib built at Greccio can be seen as a development of Christmas liturgical ceremonies, which reconnect with the mysteries, sacred dramas in the vulgate having as their subject episodes of the Old and New Testaments, and dialogued and dramatised lauds, expressions of lay religiosity of the Confraternities, diffused at that time especially in Umbria and Tuscany. From the 14th century onwards these religious representations became ever more lavish, with the addition of mobile puppets, that some consider the forefathers of our present day crib-figures.
The progressive degeneration of liturgical drama, ever more heathen if not evil, led the Church to prohibit them at the Council of Trier (Germany) and to encourage in their place a static re-figuration of the Nativity, and therefore the Presepio, contributing to its ulterior diffusion.
In the 1300s
The earliest Presepio or Nativity Scenes in Italy date to the 1300s although actually these were figures in marble, wood or terracotta permanently exposed all the year round in a side chapel and until the 16th century the Presepio remained as such. To mention a few, a Presepio carved in wood in 1330 for the Poor Clare Sisters at the Convent of Saint Clare in Naples; another famous Presepio in wood at Rivolta d’Adda (Cremona) dated 1480 of the school of Alemanno; a terracotta Presepio found in the Franciscan church at Busseto (Parma) the work of Guido Mazzoni.
Ambrogio della Robbia is said to be the author of a Nativity Scene in polychrome terracotta found at the church of the Holy Spirit in Sienna; no less important is a Adoration of the Child by Andrea della Robbia found at the Convent of Verna (Arezzo).
In Puglia and Lucania the Presepio had its greatest development in the 16th century, thanks to artists such as Stefano da Putignano to whom we owe, among other things, two Presepio in stone one at Cassano, the other at Polignano a mare (Bari), and Altobello Persio, author of the Presepio preserved in the Cathedral of matera.
The Council of Trent
When the Council of Trent, which closed in 1563, issued precise norms for devotion to the saints and relics it encouraged the diffusion of the Presepio as an expression of popular piety. The Jesuits, a new Religious Order constituted precisely during that Council, took over the tradition almost monopolizing it: in their hands the Presepio served for didactic purposes to win back reformed Christians and evangelise in the recently discovered lands of the New World.
The Presepio, Catholic and Mediterranean, counteracted the Christmas tree, Protestant and Nordic, started by Martin Luther; moreover the Jesuits imposed their taste for ornamental profusion and distanced it increasingly from its original Franciscan simplicity. The 17th century saw the appearance and development of scenic effects which revolutionized the Presepio. Nativity Scenes became a mirror for the culture which produced them, reflecting the society of the day and the most vivacious aspects of daily life with traits of intense realism: they were enriched with unusual and exotic elements and spectacular scenery, displaying inventive imagination typical of Baroque.
At this time the Presepio began to step out of churches to enter patrician, bourgeois homes as an object of luxury interior decoration, mounted and remounted differently year after year.
The large statues were replaced with wooden figures sometimes partly of straw with head and limbs in terracotta, wax or wood adorned with sumptuous clothing, fostering private Presepio, which had none of the monumentality and immobility proper of Nativity Scenes in churches.
March 17, every year, there is a commemoration of the death of one of the holiest folks in Ireland: Patrick. It’s a day of celebration for many Christian denominations especially the Catholic and also their Anglican brothers. The Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church also partake in this joyful moment. It is a day for marking the departure of Saint Patrick to the Holy Land yonder. Party T-shirts for Saint Patricks day are easily available today.
It is a big day in the Christian Calendars. A day like this has to be utilized fully. People have devised various way of featuring their final respect to their beloved prophet. The commonest so far is through putting on a t shirt. It’s been discovered that clothing is the greatest way of indicating feelings. There are numerous reasons why T-shirt can make the day highly eventful. This is why the t shirts have prominently dominated this thoughtful day.
T-shirts are able to withstand the test of your time. Alternative arrangements never appear to stay long. Flowers have a tendency to dry, papers get torn a part, while balloons rip open. Clothes hold on much longer. They stay fit for use within several events thus alleviating the need to obtain a new one every year. Attire can be used not just on the big day but additionally during other casual days. A cloth therefore is much more pocket friendly than its near competitors. No one needs to spend his entire fortune in one sitting, not even on a big day such as this.
Several nations reserve 17 March as a national holiday. The day is usually for rejuvenations and also reflections. It is a time for people to go slow on the hustles and bustles of life. Workers generally dress in special outfits, either suits or even aprons, for the whole working week. By and by, individuals deserve a break by these kinds of uniforms. Such a relief may be sorted and found in the form of T-shirts.
The outfits are stylish. They are produced in different shapes and sizes. Anyone may rejoice in the comfort and ease of these clothing. Better still, they may be customized. This means that you could dress in your T-shirt of choice; you’re never be intimidated into wearing something which doesn’t suit your own style.
St Patricks T-shirts have got risen to fame because of their slogans. Captions that are printed on them disburse significant messages. It is normal to locate St Patrick has written on them. There are many other inscriptions and also every one of them has a point to place across.
The holiday season have always been associated with heavy feasting, songs and dance. With time, this training has become quite boring. No-one may eat all the time. Few know how to dance. Printed t shirts attempt to liven the day by building humor in the form of humorous T-shirt captions. The printed words are not just tips picked up anywhere. They’re properly sampled words which pass crucial messages within the most humorous way possible.
Party T-shirts for St . Patricks Day are the way to go. They produce the day a lot more remarkable. It is their comfort as well as awesomeness which attract folks in direction of them. Make sure that you aren’t left out within the next holiday.
The interior decoration of this oldest church is basic. You can find tombstones of lots of local authorities inside the church. One of the famous tombs is of Vasco Da Gama, first man to find the sea route to India. The Church is an impressive yet simple construction with an exceptional magnificence. It stands as an attraction in the Fort Kochi and is taken as a model of old church structure. This is one of main tourist spot in Cochin.
The wonderful Church of Saint Francis is located in Ernakulam, one of the districts in Kerala. This church is 2 kms away from Mattancherry and is a legendary building, which captivates the tourists from all over the globe.
The Saint Francis church is open for all tourists from sunrise to sunset. You can go in during Sundays also when a special mass at 8am is conducted on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Church holds the honor of 1st European Church in India. This church was originally a wooden construction, but made lasting by the Dom Francisco Almeida Portuguese Viceroy in 1506 AD after receiving authorization of Cochin Raja. This Church denotes the struggle of power in India before Independence. After this it was passed through diverse authorities like Dutch Protestants, Franciscan friars and Anglicans and now controlled over by the church of south India.
This church has Vasco da Gama’s tomb.
How to reach
Cochin is a centre for both tourism and trade in Kerala. This city is well connected by rail, road and air. The fast increasing number of tourists both domestic and international to Kochi every year is showing how popular this destination is. To reach this interesting city is very trouble-free and simple. You can see offices of tour organizers and travel agents in South India all around to get info on booking.
1. By Air – lots of domestic and international air flights are operated from the Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery. This airport well connects the city to all important cities in India and entire globe. The airport provides so many facilities to the passengers and this it is famous for being the best airport among all airports in India.
2. By Road – Cochin’s proximity and outstanding road connectivity to all important cities in India makes it easier for tourists to come with ease. You could also contact car rental agencies to reach the destination.
3. By Rail – Trains from the three railway stations Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Junction, and Cochin Harbor Terminus is well connected to all parts of Kerala and all important cities of India. If you want to travel around at a leisurely pace with friendly co-travelers and experience the real taste and flavor of India, then train is the most excellent option.
So, plan your trip to Cochin and visit this famous church.
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