The St Sebastian Church at Bolgatty which has received a major makeover will be consecrated by Arch Bishop of Verapoly Francis Kallarackal on Sunday. The old church which was constructed in 1842 was blessed by Ludoviko Martini. He had also given the sanction for the church which was constructed over 171 years ago.
The church has been a major blessing for the people of Bolgatty island as connectivity to other regions were a major hurdle during those days.
The church has been renovated in Italian architecture at a total cost of
`1.5 crore. Dominic Naduvathezhathu, central committee secretary of the church, said that the renovation work took just seven months. As many as 1,500 persons can be accommodated in the 9,000 square-feet church. The total length of the renovated church is 105 feet. It has a width of 86 feet and is 65-ft tall. The altar has a 180 degree perceptive. The church also boasts of open verandas. The first verandha has been named Seban Hall whereas the other has been named Marian Hall.
The total architecture was overlooked by architect Justin Vivera who is also the member of the church.
Father Joseph Biju Thattarassery, Parish head priest, who addressed media persons at a conference here, said that the church is accessible to people of all religions and sects.