Church of Saint Francis
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  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona2,438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Historically Significant Church in Kochi
    Located just steps away from Vasco da Gama Square Kochi, the Church of Saint Francis is historically significant because it is considered to be one of the oldest European churches in India and the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, had died in Kochi and was buried in a tomb at this Church. However, after 14 years, his remains were relocated from this Church back to his home country of Portugal. However, the former burial spot inside the Church is marked inside for visitors to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Shyamal B
    Duliajan, India299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Church
    Located in Fort Kochi, it is one of the oldest European church in India. it is said that Vasco da Gama was buried here. However, later his son took away the remains to Portugal. Later on the British carried out substantial restoration and renovation and only afterwards it came to be known as St. Francis Church. It has been a protected monument since 1923.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Sandy S
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Handsome, historically important building
    Built by the Portuguese in 1510, the Church of St. Francis is thought to be India’s oldest European church. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried here. Although his remains were later removed, his unadorned tomb is set into the floor under a leaded glass window. The building is a handsome example of Portuguese Colonial style.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 14, 2024
  • Leah W
    Suva, Fiji14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see for history lovers
    I love history so this was a must see in Fort Kochi. The church contains the original burial place of the explorer Vasco Da Gama. We visited after 2pm and it wasn't too full and there were no hawkers within the church compound which made for a pleasant experience.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great interior and great history
    Amazing interior of this church. It is full of history and was constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese. Apparently Vasco da Gama was originally buried here before being taken back to Portugal. Some really old tomb stones in the floor.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
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switchedoff
Townsville, Australia339 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Like many of the historic buildings we have seen in Rajasthan and Kerala no artefacts or any of the original decoration is visible. There is a memorial to the empty tomb of Vasco De Gama. Could be more information on plaques and so on.
Written January 20, 2020
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The church is open in spite of ongoing renovations. This church was founded by the Portuguese, later Dutch took over destroying all the Catholic paintings and decorations. Subsequently British took over . And now this is governed by the Church of Southern India. The construction temporarily brought in some chaos. The original tomb of Vasco da Gama is here. The remains were later taken back to his Portuguese homeland.
Written March 15, 2023
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1teaspoonlove®
Mumbai, India1,645 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
An old heritage church which is simple yet a pretty structure. Nothing special about the interior.

It's a functional church. You aren't allowed to take pictures inside.

This is one of the tourist attraction here in Fort Kochi.

However it needs to be maintained better.
Written January 6, 2020
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Shyamal B
Duliajan, India299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Located in Fort Kochi, it is one of the oldest European church in India. it is said that Vasco da Gama was buried here. However, later his son took away the remains to Portugal. Later on the British carried out substantial restoration and renovation and only afterwards it came to be known as St. Francis Church. It has been a protected monument since 1923.
Written December 28, 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Originally built as a wooden structure in 1500. The stone building dates from 1516, but it has been upgraded many times through the centuries. After India established independence and eventually the Portuguese lost control of Cochin, maintenance has deteriorated. After all, the church was seen as a symbol of colonial power.

Note Christianity arrived in South India much earlier than in Western Europe. St. Thomas made his journey to the Malabar coast during the first century AD. Roughly 1400 years later Vasco da Gama arrived and in his wake the Franciscan friars who founded the church.
Written March 3, 2023
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Leah W
Suva, Fiji14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I love history so this was a must see in Fort Kochi.
The church contains the original burial place of the explorer Vasco Da Gama.
We visited after 2pm and it wasn't too full and there were no hawkers within the church compound which made for a pleasant experience.
Written February 22, 2024
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Peter R
Maroochydore, Australia2,377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing interior of this church. It is full of history and was constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese. Apparently Vasco da Gama was originally buried here before being taken back to Portugal. Some really old tomb stones in the floor.
Written April 5, 2024
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John T
Jodhpur, India233 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A beautiful old church but in sad repair. There should be a fee charged to enter. The stone under which Vasco de Game was at one time buried is not well presented nor is information on the other slab grave stones set in the walls. There is much to tell that isn't. The grounds are not well kept.
Could be a great place to visit.
Written September 15, 2023
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ2,438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Located just steps away from Vasco da Gama Square Kochi, the Church of Saint Francis is historically significant because it is considered to be one of the oldest European churches in India and the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, had died in Kochi and was buried in a tomb at this Church. However, after 14 years, his remains were relocated from this Church back to his home country of Portugal. However, the former burial spot inside the Church is marked inside for visitors to see.
Written October 4, 2023
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Sandy S
Albuquerque, NM1,012 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Built by the Portuguese in 1510, the Church of St. Francis is thought to be India’s oldest European church. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was originally buried here. Although his remains were later removed, his unadorned tomb is set into the floor under a leaded glass window. The building is a handsome example of Portuguese Colonial style.
Written February 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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