St George Orthodox church – UPSC Prelims

  • St George Orthodox church is believed to be established in AD 950 but some experts say it was built in AD 1050 in Kerala.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1952. But, the eastern part of the church was retained (not rebuilt) to preserve the murals.
  • The mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surfaces.
  • Significance: The most attractive feature of the church is the murals paintings (around 47). These paintings are considered to be over 600 years old. Further, they reflect the blend between traditional Kerala mural art and Persian art.
  • Why in news? It is recognised as a Centrally-protected monument of national importance by ASI.