Tucked into a corner of Fort Kochi, this church would be missed by visitors if they were not looking for it. It may look unassuming, but the church has great historic value. Built by Europeans in 1503, it is believed to be one of the first churches in India. Of even more interest is the fact that Vasco da Gama, the first European to land in India, was buried here for 14 years before his remains were shipped to Portugal.
At first look, it might be hard to believe that this white structure was once made entirely of wood, as today it has been almost completely restored. St Francis Church is modest, and there is nothing awe-inspiring about its architecture, but its fascination is in its history and the many generations of Portuguese, British, Dutch and Indians who over time made it an important symbol for many Kochiites.
Be sure to keep this fascinating building on your bucket list for a trip to Kochi.