St. Francis Church, known for its alluring architecture and atmosphere is one of the oldest as well as popular churches in India. This church is founded by the Europeans. Actually this church was dedicated to Santo Antonio, a priest of Portugal and then was named as St. Francis Church.
... The body of late legendary explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here in this church. Vasco da Gama was the first European to catch a route in India who last breathed at this church during the year 1524. It was his third visit to the St. Francis church in Kerala and his body was buried here. It is also believed that after 14 years, his remains were shipped to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. But the headstone is still seen in this church. Visitors from all across the world explore this church to see the headstone of Vasco da Gama. The headstone is seen here that stands in the centre of the area of backyard which was built in the year 1920. This is dedicated to Kochiites who sacrificed their lives in World War 1.
The well-known structure of a roof with gabled timber framed covered with tiles adds charisma to the beauty of church. The interior of this church has a bizarre view. Inside the Church in Kerala, you can get numerous inscriptions which are the scenes of Portuguese and Dutch rulers.
Q. What St Francis Church is famous for?
Ans. St. Francis Church Palace is famous for its Portuguese architecture and the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama, was buried in this church when he died in 1524, on his third visit to India.
Q. What are the nearby places to visit from St Francis Church?
Ans. Mattancherry Palace, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Bolgatty Palace, Fort Kochi, Cochin Jewish Synagogue, Willingdon Island, Veeranpuzha Lake and Backwaters, and Vasco da Gama Square.
Q. How to Reach St Francis Church?