Tangasseri
Thangasseri
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Tangassery
Neighbourhood
Thangasseri Arch
Thangasseri Arch
Thangasseri is located in Kollam
Thangasseri
Thangasseri
Thangasseri is located in Kerala
Thangasseri
Thangasseri
Thangasseri is located in India
Thangasseri
Thangasseri
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 8°53?04?N 76°33?49?E / 8.884359°N 76.563631°E / 8.884359; 76.563631Coordinates: 8°53?04?N 76°33?49?E / 8.884359°N 76.563631°E / 8.884359; 76.563631
Country  India
State Kerala
District Kollam
Government
 o Body Kollam Municipal Corporation(KMC)
Languages
 o Official Malayalam, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 691007
Vehicle registration KL-02
Lok Sabha constituency Kollam
Civic agency Kollam Municipal Corporation
Avg. summer temperature 34 °C (93 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 22 °C (72 °F)
Website http://www.kollam.nic.in
Light House at Thangashery
Fishing boats at Thangashery

Thangasseri or Tangassery is a heavily populated beach area on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kollam city, Kerala, India.

Location

Thangasseri is located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city centre and 71 kilometres (44 mi) from Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. Archaeologists recently discovered Chinese coins and other artefacts along the coast, which reveal the historic background of the location.[1]Kollam Port makes Thangasseri an important place on the world maritime map.[2][3]

History

In 1502, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading centre in Thangasseri and the area soon became a major centre for the pepper trade. In the wars with the Moors and Arabs that followed, the ancient church of St Thomas was destroyed.[4] Thangasseri's St Thomas Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1517, was destroyed in the subsequent wars with the Dutch.

In 1661, the Dutch took possession of the city. The remains of both the Dutch and Portuguese forts can still be seen in Thangasseri. In the 18th century, the kingdom of Travancore first conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Thangasseri remains an Anglo-Indian settlement in character, though there are few Anglo-Indians in the population. The Infant Jesus Church in Thangasseri, an old Portuguese-built church, remains as a memento of Portuguese rule.[5] The old cathedral was demolished and replaced by a new cathedral at a cost of around (US$700,000); it was consecrated and blessed on 3December 2005. The metallic cross on the top is one of the largest crosses in India.[6]

Importance

Thangasseri is a picturesque seaside village with a three kilometre long beach on which stands a 144 feet tall lighthouse--a silent sentinel warning seamen since 1902 of the treacherous reefs.[7] There are also ruins of Portuguese and Dutch forts and 18th century churches. The fishery harbour at Thangasseri is a basin for traditional fishermen, achieved by the construction of two breakwaters. The length of the main breakwater is 2100 m and of the leeward breakwater 550 m. This provides sufficient beach length for landing facilities for all operational craft. Thangasseri is home to Kerala's oldest schools, Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School[8] and Infant Jesus School Kollam.[9]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ "Archaeologist Throws Light on Thangassery Artefacts". TNIE. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ "Thangassery Port". Infrawindow.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cabinet approval for Thangassery port plans". Projectstoday.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "A brief history of Thangasseri". Rotary Club of Thangasseri. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Superb India Tours - Kollam". Superb India Tours. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tangasseri - OOCITIES". OOCITIES. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "New look for Thangasseri lighthouse". The Hindu. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mount Carmel School, Kollam". ICBSE. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian School, Kollam". IJHSS Kollam. Retrieved 2016. 

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