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St Francis CSI Church  

  Kochi , Kerala.
FREE

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    30 - 45 Min
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • accepts donations
    Donation
    Accepts
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • Disability Friendly
    Disable
    Friendly
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • baggage counter
    Baggage counter
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

St. Francis CSI Church located in Fort Kochi originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India  and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. Built in timber by Portuguese in 1503, it was overlaid with stone masonry later.  Vasco da Gama was cremated here in 1524. Built in timber by Portuguese in 1503, it was overlaid with stone masonry later. Vasco da Gama was cremated here in 1524. His remains were later removed to Lisbon. His tomb, however, still exists. The church was built on the land gifted by the local Raja, and the title deeds written on pam leaf are still kept inside. It became an Anglican church with the advent of the British in 1795 and one hangover from British days is the continued use of manually operated punkahs or fans, the large swinging cloth fans on frames suspended above the congregation. The gravestones were tossed into the walls of the church in 1886. The ‘Doop Book’, that is, old baptism and the marriage register, from 1751 to 1804, kept in the vestry, are the delights of history seekers. A photocopy of the Doop Book is kept outside the vestry to enable interested visitors to glance through.


Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Last Admission

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no camera
    Camera
  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no bags
    Bags
  • no outside food
    Outside Food
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.5 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    0.5 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    0.1 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    0.1 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    0.1 KM
  • shopping mall
    Shopping Mall
    2.0 KM
  • metro
    Metro
    13.0 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.8 KM
  • train
    Train
    12.5 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    0.5 KM
  • beach
    Beach
    0.7 KM

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