Church of Saint Francis, Kochi (Cochin)

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. To visit Church of Saint Francis on your trip to Kochi (Cochin), use our Kochi (Cochin) travel route planning tool .
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  • Nothing exceptional for this small church. The only thing more interesting that this is the first Catholic Church in the city for the rest nothing to detect I want to highlight just the fact that Vasco da gama was buried whose body was then transported elsewhere for the rest of the Church appears to be small and bare anything to do with that which we are accustomed us in Italy
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  • In the hustle bustle of busy Fort Kochi the church stands as a beacon of peace. It is well maintained.  more »
  • Simple building in the old part of Cochin (Kochi), built in 1503, this is a delight and a pleasure to visit. It is the oldest European church in India. Dark wood interior; comparatively simple altar. ...  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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