Places Covered : Mumbai (Bombay) - Pune - Goa - Cochin - Kumarakom - Madurai - Chennai (Madras)- Calcutta - Delhi
Christianity is said to have arrived in India in the South, specifically the Malabar Coast, with the Apostle St. Thomas in 52 AD. However, scholars say that it is more likely Christianity arrived around the 4th century with a Syrian merchant Thomas Cana who set out for Kerala with 400 families to establish what later became a sect of the Syrian Orthodox Church. This sect survives today. Services are in a mixture of Aramaic and Malayalam and the Patriarch of Baghdad is the sect's head.
Churches in India, reflect the fashions and trends of typically European ecclesiastical architecture. Gothic arches and flying buttresses, baroque ornamentation and elegant classical lines are all to be found in places like Goa, which has been heavily influenced by European style. Local artisans also lest their imprint on these places, as a closer inspection of some of these embellishments and ornamentation's reveals.