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ST. GEORGE’S ORTHODOX CHURCH: A CENTRALLY-PROTECTED MONUMENT OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE

ST. GEORGE’S ORTHODOX CHURCH: A CENTRALLY-PROTECTED MONUMENT OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE

Context

The St. George’s Orthodox Church that is being recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a Centrally-protected monument of national importance is located at Cheppad in Kerala.

Details

  • The church has a traditional Kerala church architectural pattern.
  • The mural paintings on the walls of the altar of the church blend Kerala and Persian mural styles of art.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1952 and is thought to date back to AD 950.

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • It is under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
  • Functions: Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance is the prime concern of the ASI. Besides it regulate all archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was formed in 1861 by a statute passed into law by Canning, with Alexander Cunningham as its first Archaeological Surveyor, to excavate and conserve India’s ancient built heritage.

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