Places to stay near St. Francis Church
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2) St Francis Church First European church to be built in India within the oldest European settlement of Fort Kochi. Its built by the Portuguese in 1503 as a Catholic church. In 1663 when it comes under the control of the Dutch who reconditioned and converted it into a Protestant church. British took control over it in 1795.Vasco da Gama was once buried in this church in 1524 until his remains were removed and taken to Portugal in 1538.
2. Visit the first European Church built in IndiaGet well-versed with the history of Kochi by visiting the St Francis Church. Being the first European church in India built in 1503, this spot is at the centre to understanding the colonial history of India. Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama's body was originally buried here before it was moved to Lisbon in 1524.
From outside this looks like any other local church, but inside lies the first tomb of Vasco da Gama. He was first buried here in 1524 and lay here for the next 14 years until he was shifted to Portugal in 1539.
You could even visit theSt. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was first buried. And you’ve simply got to have the seafood here- it’s ultra fresh.
India's oldest European Church. Vasco da Gama was buried here. and then his remains were later taken back by his son but the tombstone still remains.