St. Francis Church

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  • Address: Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
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  • Timings: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-4842217505
  • Tags: Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids

St. Francis Church is India's earliest European church. Built by the Portuguese in the early 1500's, this wooden church with its simple whitewashed facade became the model for later churches. It was dedicated to St. Anthony.

It was originally surrounded by the Portuguese fort which gave the town its name; Fort Cochin. A stone church soon replaced the original wooden church. All of the Portuguese Catholic churches were destroyed except for this one - when the Dutch gained control of Fort Cochin. In later years when the British took control of the church it was rededicated to St. Francis.

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here and then moved to Portugal some 14 years after his death. His gravestone still remains as well as gravestones of Portuguese and Dutch settlers.

St. Francis Church Travel Tips

  • Footware must be left outside of the church.
  • Videography is prohibited.
  • Cell phones must be turned off.
  • Follow the rituals while entering the Church.

Entrance Ticket Details For St. Francis Church

  • Entry is free.

St. Francis Church Hours

  • Sunday Services: 8 am - 9 am in English, and 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Malayalam.

How to Reach St. Francis Church

  • Fort Kochi bus terminus, Chirattapalam Bus Stop lie in the vicinity of the church.

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  • St. Francis Church Address: Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
  • St. Francis Church Contact Number: +91-4842217505
  • St. Francis Church Timing: 07:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • Best time to visit St. Francis Church(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
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  • 88.89% of people who visit Kochi include St. Francis Church in their plan

  • 44.85% of people start their St. Francis Church visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see St. Francis Church

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

74.07% of people prefer walking in order to reach St. Francis Church

People normally club together Kashi Art Gallery and Kerala Kathakali Centre while planning their visit to St. Francis Church.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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