Shrine basilica of Our Lady of Dolours, Thrissur, Kerala, India
The foundation stone of the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours is laid on 21st December, 1929 by His Excellency Mar Francis Vazhappilly, the Late Bishop of Thrissur. The church was blessed on 24th November, 1940. When they built the church they also built two bell towers in the front of the church in 140 feet and envisaged another bell tower in the back of the church in 260 feet. They could not build that bell tower in the back side of the church because of the lack of money. But it was the dream of the Catholics in Thrissur.
The reconstruction of that bell tower started in 2002 when the present Auxiliary Bishop of Thrissur Mar Andrews Thazhath was the Rector of the Basilica. In 2004 when all the bishops of India were present here in Thrissur for the CBCI General Assembly held in Thrissur His Eminence Cardinal Daud Moosa blessed that Tower in the name Bible Tower. His Excellency Most Reverend Dr Pedro Lopez Quintana was also present for the function and dedicated the Bible tower for World Peace.
Special features of the Bible Tower
It stands in 260 feet height and the highest church tower in India
The wooden door of the Bible Tower is in scripted with Bible words
The Bible Tower depicts the whole life of Jesus and the life of the Early Church in different materials
The infancy of Jesus is represented in Wooden Carvings
The healing of the sick is depicted in Stain Glass
The miracles of Jesus is represented in Brass Etching
The passion of Christ is shown in Oil Painting
The resurrection of Jesus is depicted in bright Canvas
The life of St.Thomas is depicted in Mural Painting
Renowned artists of the whole India have contributed their works in the Bible Tower. It is the first known Christian art gallery in Kerala.
There is a view point at the top of the Bible Tower where we can enjoy the panorama of the town of Thrissur around 15 kilometers.
There is a red cross on the top of the Bible Tower which can be seen from anywhere of the town represents the presence of the Catholics in Thrissur.
The Commissioning of the Bible Tower marks the completion of the construction of the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours started in 1925. It took 81 years for the completion. So December 3rd , 2006 is a historical moment.