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“A chequered history.”

Church of Saint Francis
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This dilapidated church has passed from faith to faith over the centuries and has a fascinating history having played a great part in the history of Kerala and Goa. It is however in a very poor state of repair.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Packed with colonial buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes Medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes and weatherboard houses, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex. Vasco da Gama first arrived on India's Malabar coast in 1498, returning for the third time in 1524 to die on Christmas Eve. He was buried in St Francis Church. This refreshingly unfussy building—the first European church to be built in India—still stands amid the banyan trees and cricket fields (unlike Vasco da Gama whose remains were removed to Portugal). Rubbed to a smooth polish by centuries of fervent worship, the wide flagstone floor is cool under bare feet. A high timber-beamed ceiling and rope operated punkahs (fans) bring some welcome relief from the relentless tropical heat of steamy Kerala.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

The church was built in early 16th century and had seen many of our colonial agitations. The main reason why it's visited is for that Vasco Da Gama was buried here for 14 years following which his remnants were taken to Lisbon.

The church modests a well furnished interiors and has a tomb of remembrance of the greast explorer.

Local guides who can speak fairly okay english can be hired at 50-100 bucks. Otherwise you'll be clueless on what's what.

Worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Old world fans were a surprise, I didnt know they existed, until I saw them here! Vasco Da Gama tomb.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We visited this church with a local guide who is an accomplished historian. If you too visit, try to get someone to accompany you who can make the building and its history within the community come to life, otherwise, you will just pop in; say "very nice" and pop out again! It really will be worth thr fee - but get a professional. We used Marvel Tours to source our guide, who was brilliant!

Thank Mike A
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