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Address: Old Kochi, Kochi (Cochin), India
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Visit the Portugese past

This is the first catholic church built in Fort Cochin by the Portugese, after Vasco De Gama arrived here in 1492. Over the years the church has undergone some renovations... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

St. Francis Church of South India, is the oldest European church in India. With tremendous historical significance the church was where Vasco Da Gama was initially buried. The church is only open for visitors on week days as on Sundays there is church service, which we learnt by experience. It is worth taking time off early on a weekday for... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

this church of st francis is the oldest european church in india and has great historical significance.Vasco da Gama the portuguese explorer died in this church.As a protected monumen t it is under the Archaeological survey of india,but it is owned by the noth kerela diocese of church of South India.It is very beauifully carved inside the church,worth visiting.........

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This is the first catholic church built in Fort Cochin by the Portugese, after Vasco De Gama arrived here in 1492. Over the years the church has undergone some renovations. There and some old inscriptions on the walls that have not been restored. A lot of old history to explore

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This church is interesting as it was the first place where Vasco da Gama was buried when he died. After, his remains were sent to Lisbon, but the gravestone stayed in the church in Kochi. It is an easy church to visit as located very closed to the Chinese nets (walking distance).

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

There are lots of churches in Kerala but the Church of Saint Francis is one of the most historic, being built in the time that Vasco Da Gama lived there. Apart from its history there is not much of significance about St Francis's.

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A microcosm of last five hundred years of Kerala history with Vasco de Gama's original grave, and many other grave inscriptions from Portugese, Dutch, and British eras. Now undergoing remodeling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It was in this rather unasuming building that Vasco de Gama was buried. He was later dug up and taken back to Portugal but there is nevertheless significant historical importance in this building which many people simply fail to see. It is very plain and very much of it's era - nothing flash but with old punkkahs hanging from the... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a small church situated in the Fort Kochi area of Ernakulam district of Kerala, where the remains of Vasco Da Gama was earlier buried. Only the tombstone can be seen these days, as he was removed to Portugal, his birthplace , earlier. Shabby , ill-kept interiors looks a bit out-of-place, considering the historical significance of the place, but... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

this church is located just across the road from the Chinese fishing nets and was just as a normal church would be, nothing interesting, and the upkeep was also not upto the mark

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Well it's famous because Vasco de Gama used to be buried there...past tense. He's gone but there is a tacky little sign showing you where he used to be. It's quite a small church and I feel the information board could have been a little bit better too. The shapes within the structure are nice but I do think the... More 

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