Location: Vypeenkotta Seminary is located in a hamlet famous as Chennamangalam, which lies in the vicinity of North Paravur falling under Eranakulam district in the state of Kerala.
Description: The Vypeenkotta Seminary was constructed during the 16th century by Portuguese People and today it occupies a special place in the glorious history of Chennamangalam region. Vypeenkotta Seminary is located adjacent to a church called Old Syrian Catholic Church which was built during 1201. This Catholic Church was also reconstructed by the Portuguese. The main motive behind the construction of this seminary was to educate the priests of Malabar region. The Seminary, as well as the Church, was both damaged during an attack by Tipu Sultan. The Vypeenkotta Seminary was declared as a protected monument back in the year of 1935. The seminary now stands in remains and is being protected as part of the project of Muziris and hence declared as a Muziris Heritage Site.
Activities: Do not miss the opportunity to get a glimpse of the first ever printing press of India. Also have a look at the inscriptions made on the stone of the seminary. These inscriptions have been made using the ancient Malayalam Script and are an important remnant of the culture and tradition prevailing during that bygone era.