Next from there we visited the St. Francis CSI Church. This church was built in 1504 and is the first European church built in India. When Vasco Da Gama died in 1524, he was buried in this church. However, 14 years later his remains were moved to Lisbon. Its quite an old church and you feel its "oldness" right as you enter it.
St. Francis Church, Kochi: St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi, Kochi, originally built in 1503, is one of the oldest European church in India.
• St. Francis Church: Built in 1503, this oldest European church in India is a silent witness to the colonial struggles. Standing tall beside the Parade Ground and amidst pine trees, this church has seen a lot of changes in itself when the Portuguese, Dutch, and British left their imprints here. This church was also home to the mortal remains of the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama before it was taken to Lisbon. The exact spot where he was buried is marked till this date. An exquisite architectural marvel, this place is a must visit on your trip to Kochi.o Timings: Open on all days (7.00 AM to 6.30 PM)o Entry Ticket: Not Required
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.