In 17th & 18th centuries, different European Powers were colonizing the Indian Territory. The Dutch took over Tuticorin from the Portugese in the year 1658. In the year 1750, the Dutch East India Company built this Church, placing their symbol & the year on the wall above the front door. The building is cruciform in shape, the four arms being of the same short length, one of them serves as a sanctuary, the one opposite to this contains the entrance from the porch, the two others & the centre afford sitting room for the congregation.
The Letters VOC & MDCCL, above the front door of this Church are in Dutch; the letter V stands for Vereenigde, O for Oost-Indische & C for Compagine; hence VOC means United Dutch East India Company; and MDCCL means 1750, the year of construction of this Church.
This Church is the oldest Protestant Christian Church ever built in the soil of the Tirunelveli & Tuticorin districts.
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