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  • Address: Bastion Street, Fort Cochin, India

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St. Francis Church

If you’re looking for India’s oldest church, you’ve found it. Fort Cochin’s St Francis Church has survived wars, raids and the ravages of time. Built in 1516 by the Portuguese, the whitewashed building features an attractive curved gabled facade.

Originally surrounded by the protective walls of the Portuguese fort which gave the town of Fort Cochin its name, this church of stone replaced an earlier wooden structure, erected just a few years earlier in 1503.

When the Protestant Dutch gained control of Kochin, all of the Portuguese Catholic churches in the town were destroyed, except for this one, which was converted into a government church. When the British took over the church, which was originally dedicated to St. Anthony, they rededicated it to St. Francis.

Most famously, the plainly decorated church once housed the body of legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524. His remains were later removed and interred in Lisbon.

You can still see da Gama’s gravestone in the church, along with the gravestones of Portuguese and Dutch visitors and settlers.

Practical Info

St Francis Church is in Fort Cochin, a few streets south of the Fort Cochin Beach, on the northern tip of the peninsula. The green expanse of the Parade Grounds run south of the church.

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Discover Kochi Walking Half-Day Tour, Kochi, null
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Discover Kochi Walking Half-Day Tour

Book this half-day walking tour that gives you a glimpse into Kochi’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Full-Day Private Custom Kochi Shore Excursion, Kochi, Half-day Tours
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Full-Day Private Custom Kochi Shore Excursion

This 8-hour private tour is designed for passengers of cruise liners calling at Kochi harbor. Visit all the popular destinations with an option to customize ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner, Kochi, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner

Discover the historical city of Kochi. Visit the churches, synagogues and museums in the city. Also a gateway to Kerala, Kochi is situated on the south-west ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Private Tour: Kochi City Tour of Churches, Chinese Fishing Net and Museum, Kochi, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour of Churches, Chinese Fishing Net and Museum

Discover the historical city of Kochi. Visit the churches, synagogues and museums in the city. Kochi is situated off the coast of India, with beautiful blue ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour, Kochi, Day Trips
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Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour

Book this Kochi City tours that take you to explore most of the popular attractions in Kochi including Dutch Palace, Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Full Day Private Cochin Shore Excursion, Kochi, Half-day Tours
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Full Day Private Cochin Shore Excursion

The port city of Cochin or Kochi has so much to offer, be it historical sites, beaches, backwaters, snake boats races, museums and so on. On this 8-hour ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance, Kochi, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and fascinating culture of Kochi on a private sightseeing tour. Explore the neighborhood of Fort Kochi, and learn about ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour, Kochi, Cultural Tours
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Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour

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Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour is a sightseeing tour in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Walk along the street and explore all the main attractions from ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.00
Full-Day Guided City Tour of Kochi, Kochi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Guided City Tour of Kochi

This full-day city of Kochi tour explores some of the most popular attractions. Once known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", Kochi is a melting pot of ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Kochi Bike Tour and Backwaters Cruise, Kochi, City Tours
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Kochi Bike Tour and Backwaters Cruise

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Ride a bike at a gentle pace as you breeze through rural Kochi with an experienced guide. Spend a full day taking in the sights from Fort Kochi to the Kerala ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 7-8 hours

From USD $135.00

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