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Church of Saint Francis, Kochi (Cochin)

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The oldest European church in India, Church of Saint Francis was built in the 16th century and quietly witnessed the struggle of various colonial powers that once ruled this area. View the quaint structure, enjoy its peaceful atmosphere, and see where the body of Vasco da Gama was entombed before being moved to Lisbon. Our Kochi (Cochin) tour planner makes visiting Church of Saint Francis and other Kochi (Cochin) attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The Saint Francis church was one of the first churches built by the Portugese when they came to Cochin. It is still being used today an their claim to fame is the famous navigator Vasco da Gama was bu...  more »
  • The Church resonates with the sound of history, except when tourist buses disgorge multitudes at a time. Yes, this was the original burial site of Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gama, but its history r...  more »
  • It's a must visit place. It will remind you the old colonial times and architecture And santa crutz church is also located near to it so one can visit both places It is close for tourists on Sunday  more »
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  • Kochi’s evening traffic jam is also bad-mad-hell-mell. The same despised daily grind evening rush, thankfully, we made it fifties minutes before the closing time of St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India.Quickly we went into the church at the constant irritating reminder of the impatient staff on time-caring, the A-1 catcha inside is the burial spot of the famous explorer Vasco Da Gama, who died 1524 during his third visit to Kochi. Goose bumps! Really. Well, Vasco Da Gama became my hero from the time I had to "mug-him" upside down to get through my secondary history exams. I did well though. Distinctions. Dot. Now, we also we glimpsed at his tomb in the compound before journeying to the next spot.
  • Heritage site now under archeological survey of India. U can see the rich architectural blend of portuguese
  • Heritage church where Vasco Da Gama was buried for a while.
  • Quite an experience seeing this small church in India, and for it to have such historical significance. If you can find the time it is worth the visit, and ensure you have a good guide who knows the history of this place too.
  • First European church in India Vasco due gama was buried here now run by CSI

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Kochi offers abundant hospitality options, including a dense collection of international five-star hotels. Travelers on a budget can explore the selection of modest but impeccable homestays and guesthouses in the quieter neighborhoods just outside the central tourist area of Fort Cochin; these make great places to meet local hosts and fellow travelers. If you can spend a bit more, a number of boutique hotels in converted European-style mansions offer individual charm, and eco-villages and resort or retreat establishments outside the city center come with full wellness, spa, and culinary packages.
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