The Gothic style church is located in the East Veli Street, Madurai.
In the year 1840 Fr. Bertrand SJ, bought a land and a mini chapel. He gave life to almost thirty families of sailors who were persecuted from the W. Pudupatti Church. By the year 1855, the number of Catholics rose from 600 to 2500. This resulted in the expansion of the church to accommodate the number of people. The Church was expanded to the Gothic style (the present style), in three parts. As the World War I struck in 1914, they lacked fund to continue the construction and then they had to sell the opposite land, which is now the Mission Hospital, and continue the construction. . The work was over in 1916 and Msgr. Faisandier blessed the church on 15th of August. Mr. Savarimuthu, who built St. Joseph’s College buildings was the architect of the Cathedral. When Madurai was created as a new diocese, Msgr. Leonard SJ. announced Our Lady of Colors as Pro-Cathedral after Fr. Gomez SJ.
The first impression the church gives is the uniqueness of beauty and spirituality. The architectural style used has the blended forms of European, Continental and Roman architecture. The church looks amazing from the outside, which has the Gothic style of architecture. This old style stands very impressive amongst the city traffic and the streets. This church is very well maintained and to the astonishment, there is a statue of the virgin dressed in a saree. This is an elegant nineteenth century structure, painted a dazzling white and blue. The pillars inside are very colorful with their variegated stripes!Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal is very near to the church.
The statuary is non-descriptive!