Church of Saint Francis

Church of Saint Francis, Kochi (Cochin)

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Vikas Singh
Hyderabad, India4,039 contributions
Dec 2021
It started as a small church dedicated to St. Bartholomew. It was a wooden structure built by the five friars who accompanied Francisco de Albuquerque to Cochin in 1503. A. Sreedhara Menon, State Editor, Kerala Gazeteers, records that on May 3, 1506, the Portuguese Viceroy Almeida was permitted by the Maharaja of Cochin to create a new city of mortar and stone and ‘above all roofed with tiles – a privilege hitherto exclusively confined to the local prince and the temples in which he did puja.’ The mendicant order of the Franciscans raised the present edifice and completed it about the year 1516 and dedicated and dedicated to the patron saint of Portugal, Santo Antonio, hence named Santo Antonio Church. From 1510-1662 the church was officially called the Conventional Church of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi by the Portuguese.

The church witnessed various European invasions and during the Dutch invasion of Kochi in 1663, it came under their possession. They converted it into their church by placing their communion table and rostrum furniture. They also did some restoration work in 1779 and constructed a Dutch cemetery adjacent to the church.

In 1804, the Dutch surrendered the church to the Anglican Church following the British invasion of Kochi in 1795. After the advent of the British, it was the Government Protestant Church from 1819-46. However, it was only after the substantial restoration and renovation carried out by the British in 1886-87 that this edifice became known as St. Francis Church.

The Church of South India (CSI) took over the administration and management of the church in 1949. Today, the church is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The Church is closed for visitors during service hours. Mon-Fri tourists can visit from 9-5 pm. On Saturday the Church is open for visitors 9-1 pm and on Sunday from 1-5 pm. Photography is allowed and there are no entrance fees.
Written 26 January 2022
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NIRMAL D
Bangalore District, India448 contributions
Nov 2020
The place is well maintained. Good for a one time visit. It holds a nice place in history. Better to combine with visit to fortkochi beach. Max one houre or 15 min to have a quick look
Written 27 October 2021
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Jagriti K
Bangalore District, India225 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is one of the first churches in this part of India. Vasco de gama is buried here. There is Dutch and portugese history. It needs about 20-30 mins Max.
Written 23 September 2021
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Mohan Krishnan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia515 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Just to have a glimpse of that great man who had landed in Cochin and made it famous. The church is well congregated on weekends and miracles has happened too according to the locals
Written 22 January 2021
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nilimag2015
Mumbai, India465 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
It has a history...that's why it's different. Otherwise, many good churches in Kerala n kochi itself.
Written 19 June 2020
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cnomis
Chorley, UK492 contributions
Feb 2020
Vasco de Gama originally buried here, this church although very untidy outside and in need of repair , it gives you a peaceful feeling , well attended by the locals ,
Written 20 May 2020
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sandy
India51 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
This is old church and I will travel in Teenager for some thing good for my life and my family. In this te it will changes more inany things
Written 15 April 2020
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MWandAW
North Sydney, Australia3,658 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife and I visited this Church on a guided tour of India and we were taken there on the promise of an important historical monument. You need to remove your shoes at the entrance before you go inside. Our guide explained that St. Francis Church is India’s oldest European church and was first constructed around 1503 by the Portuguese. It was originally built with wood, but was subsequently replaced by the present stone structure in 1516 AD. The fact that Vasco da Gama was originally buried at St. Francis Church when he died in Kochi in 1524 and his body was moved to Lisbon in 1538, doesn't take away from the fact that the internal vaults contain some other important occupants from the 17th Century. So the significance is there. The church is in need of repair and the Parish looks like they need to use their money to help people, more than rebuilding old churches. For the historical significance alone, the site is worth a visit.
Written 26 March 2020
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Pradip B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India878 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited the Church on 20th Feb 2020. The church is having historical importance, as Vasco-da-Gama was initially buried inside the Church, before his body was shifted to Portugal by his son.

The Church interior is maintained very well, but the exterior needs a make-over.
Written 21 March 2020
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erdogan
Fethiye, Turkey269 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
I am so sorry that for me it is an ordinary church and I could not feel any history and ambiance. You can pop in because it is on your way.
Written 19 March 2020
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