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  • Address: Bastion Street, Fort Cochin, India

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St. Francis Church Tours

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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Private Half-Day Kochi City Tour with Chinese Fishing Nets and Museum, Kochi, null
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Private Half-Day Kochi City Tour with Chinese Fishing Nets and Museum

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Discover the historical city of Kochi (Cochin) on a private half-day tour. Visit the city's churches, synagogue, and museums with a personal guide. Kochi's ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.00
Kochi Heritage Walking Tour, Kochi, Day Trips
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Kochi Heritage Walking 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 $75.00
Cochin City Tour, Kochi, Half-day Tours
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Cochin City Tour

Enjoy your 2 Nights Stay in Cochin and visit famous tourist places in Cochin

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

From USD $300.00
Full-Day Private Custom Kochi Shore Excursion, Kochi, Multi-day Tours
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Full-Day Private Custom Kochi Shore Excursion

Hello! Cruise Passengers to Cochin Skip the Group ! Book a Private Tour! You are met at he ship with pager board of  Y our Name.. Flexible Itinerary, ...  Read more

Location: Kochi, India
Duration: 7.00 to 8 hrs

From USD $350.00
Private Full-Day Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show with Dinner, Kochi, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Full-Day Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Show with 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 $41.00
Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour, Kochi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Essence of Kochi Half Day Tour

Book this Kochi City tour that takes 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
Mein Schiff 5 Special Kochi Shore Excursion: Backwater Houseboat Tour and Fort Kochi, Kochi, ... 
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Mein Schiff 5 Special Kochi Shore Excursion: Backwater Houseboat Tour and Fort Kochi

Enjoy a special shore excursion when your cruise docks in Cochin. Spend your time cruising the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha. Discover the ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.00
Full Day Private Cochin Shore Excursion, Kochi, Ports of Call 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 $68.00
Kerala Hill Stations Tour, Kochi, Ports of Call Tours
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Kerala Hill Stations Tour

In this 5 day trip of South India you can enjoy Cochin, visit Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, Hill Palace, St.Francis Church. on the 2nd day we will take you to ...  Read more

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

From USD $445.00
Full-Day Private Guided Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour with Hotel Pickup, Kochi, Multi-day Tours
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Full-Day Private Guided Kochi Tuk Tuk Tour with Hotel Pickup

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Kochi in a local way on this full-day, private tour. Ride a tuk tuk through Kochi streets and learn about Kochi's rich history from ...  Read more

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

From USD $19.00

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