St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

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St. Francis Church in Kochi, Kerala is a historic landmark that boasts a rich history and cultural significance. Located in the Fort Kochi area, the church has been a prominent symbol of Christianity in the region for over 500 years.

The church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1503, making it one of the oldest European churches in India. Over the years, the church has undergone many transformations, and its architecture bears testament to the different cultural influences that have shaped it.

The church's most notable feature is its stark white façade, which stands in stark contrast to the colorful surroundings. Inside, the church is adorned with wooden pews, antique chandeliers, and beautiful stained glass windows that cast a soft, ethereal light over the space. The altar is particularly striking, with its ornate carvings and gold leaf detailing.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of St. Francis Church is its historical significance. The church was the original burial site of Vasco da Gama, the legendary Portuguese explorer who discovered the sea route from Europe to India in 1498. His remains were interred in the church in 1524, although they were later removed to Lisbon. The church also played a pivotal role in the region's colonial history, having served as the center of Portuguese religious and political power in India for over a century.

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    Opening Time

    • Monday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Tuesday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Wednesday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Thursday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Friday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Saturday :
      7:00 am to 6:30 pm
    • Sunday :
      8:00 am to 6:30 pm
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    • No Entry Fees

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