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. 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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  • August 16, 2017
    For those who went to Sri Lanka, a small air of Galle in this church built by the Portuguese and then annexed by the Dutch. There is my first grave of Vasco as well as Dutch notables. Beautiful framing. See in fort Kochi
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  • August 12, 2017
    St. Francis Church is a religious and historical monument that should not be missed. It recalls the rich historic background of Cochin and constitutes an wealthy relic of Christianity in Cochin. We we...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Good place to see, this place is very old, near from beach and field of soccer and some hotel/inn...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    Heritage site now under archeological survey of India. U can see the rich architectural blend of portuguese
  • July 8, 2017
    Heritage church where Vasco Da Gama was buried for a while.
  • March 27, 2017
    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.
  • May 11, 2017
    First European church in India Vasco due gama was buried here now run by CSI

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