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Niranam is a small village in Pathanamthitta district which was an ancient port, today better known for Niranam Church. St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, at Niranam, also known as Niranam Valiyapally, was founded by St. Thomas (Mar Thoma), the Apostle of Jesus Christ, in AD 54.

The present building, supposedly the fourth, was constructed in 1912 and was reinforced during the year 2000. A huge Cross made of granite, relics of St. Thomas, remnants of the old church and the golden cross are attractions at this church. Saint Thomas the Apostle is believed to have landed here and founded the Christian church. Perhaps the importance of Niranam as a port was the reason for his arrival.

This church has historical importance about the evolution of christianity in Kerala. Niranam was a seaport during the past and this place had trade relations with Rome and the Gulf countries. It is believed that this church was founded by St. Thomas, the Apostle of Jesus Christ.

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