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Reviewed May 28, 2019

My family and I visited this Church recently and found to be very interesting. St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi, has a long history and was built in 1503. This Church is one of the oldest European churches in India. It’s heritage and historical. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. His gravestone can still be seen here. It is on the ground at the southern side. The Dutch captured Kochi in 1663. The Church changed many times from the Catholics to Protestants & the Anglicans. The Portuguese were Roman Catholics, while the Dutch were Protestants . Later the Dutch voluntarily handed over the church to the Anglican Communion. The Dutch captured Kochi in 1663. This Church is also one of the top tourist attraction. A must visit when you are in Kochi known as “God’s Own Country.”

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

I was happy to be there as this is the first European church built in India. It is also the place where Vascodagama was laid to rest before shifting his mortal remains after 17 years, to his country. A place of historical importance.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 22, 2019

This place is one of the oldest preserved buildings in Kochi, built by the Portuguese. It's very plain & drab, with very little in the way of decoration. Has the original (but now empty) tomb of Vasco Da Gama. Vaulted roof. Old "punkahs" - cooling screens. Just very little to look at.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 12, 2019

St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi (Fort Cochin), Kochi, originally built in 1503, is one of the oldest European churches in India. A must see at fort kochi

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 12, 2019

Opposite the Cochin club, the church has a memorial for the Irish soldiers who died in battle. Couldn't go inside as the Sunday service was going on.

Date of experience: May 2019
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