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A Mural-rich Church

The Christ and Biblical characters depicted in mural paintings signify the combination of Christian style of paintings in Central Asia and the mural paintings of Kerala. The paintings are 800 years old as the church was built in 12th century.

St George Orthodox Church at Cheppad, near Harippad, in Alappuzha district is a tourist hotspot. Many from abroad and India visit the church of historical fame especially to view the ancient mural paintings there. During every Easter the number of visitors goes up considerably.

The Christ and Biblical characters depicted in mural paintings signify the combination of Christian style of paintings in Central Asia and the mural paintings of Kerala. The paintings are 800 years old as the church was built in 12th century.

The Madhbaha (sanctum sanctorum) is adorned by 47 paintings in natural colours extracted rom fruit juices, herbs and leaves. For making blue color, it is said authentically that Lapis lazili was brought from Damascus. The 47 paintings on Madhbaha include the depiction of Christ from his birth, cruzifixion, resurrection, Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve and their temptation by Satan.

The Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I, had visited the church during the death centenary of Mar Dionysius who was the Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox Church (from 1825 to 1855) on 31 October 1956. Mar Dionysius’s resting place is St George Orthodox Church.

The church has a museum in which a Cross and Bible in Amharic (the language of Ethiopia) in golden covering gifted by the Emperor are show-cased. Mar Dionysius’s personal belongings including cot and walking stick are also displayed among other items.

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