St. Francis Church
Francis Church is a granite church set on quiet lawns amidst the bustle
of Fort Kochi, 10 kms from Ernakulam. Originally named as Santo Antonio,
this protestant church was originally built by the Europeans in India.
Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524 AD. Though 14 years later his
mortal remains were taken to Portugal, the carved gravestone can still
be seen in the church.
It also has crypts of Portugese nobles. St. Francis Church was the
first church to have been built in the new European influenced style and
tradition. The original wooden building of 1510 AD was replaced by the
present building around 1546 AD.
Dedicated to the memory of
erected in 1920 AD, in memory of the residents of Cochin who fell in the
First Great War was unveiled by the Governor of Madras. The boundary
walls were erected in 1924 AD.
First European Church In India.
Fort Kochi, Kerala.
Vasco da Gama was buried
There are regular
worship meetings in the church every Sunday and commemorative days.
Prime Attractions of Cochin (Kochi)
A Scenic island near the city of Ernakulam, Bolghatty
is famous for the Bolghatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD.
Originally built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th
century, the Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace is located at
Mattancherry. It was presented to the Kochi Maharaja in 1555 AD and
later taken over by the Dutch who carried out repairs and extended it
A leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is
the best way to discover historic Fort Kochi. An obscure fishing village
that became the first European township in India, Kochi has an eventful
and colourful history. more..
The oldest synagogue in India, it was built in 1586
AD by the prosperous Jewish community whose links with Kerala began in
Kodungalloor in northern Kerala. more..