Video - In and Around St.Francis Church
Significance of the ChurchSt. Francis Church of Kochi was originally named as Santo Antonio, the patron Saint of Portugal. Though it has hardly any architectural merits, it has been the model of many churches in India. The church has gabled in itself timber-framed roof covered with tiles. The doors and windows of the this church have semi-circular arches. The facades are flanked on either side by a stepped pinnacle.
The bell turret of St. Francis Church at Kochi is divided into three compartments. Inside the church, the gravestones of the Portuguese is on the northern wall and that of the Dutch is on the southern wall. The gravestone of Vasco-da-Gama at St. Francis Church in Kochi is a major attraction there. Incidentally, after 14 years of his death, the remains were taken away to Lisbon in Portugal.
Initially, the church was a simple wooden structure, dedicated to St Bartholomew. In 1506, the Raja of Cochin permitted the Portuguese Viceroy, Dom Francisco Almedia, to reconstruct the structure in stone. The new church was completed in 1516 and was dedicated to St Antony. The ownership of the Church of St Francis Xavier then passed into the hands of the Protestant Dutch, who captured Kochi in 1663. They converted it into their government church and it remained in the possession of the Dutch until 1795.
In a nutshell, St. Francis church is one of the major tourist spots of Kochi which magnetizes numerous tourists every year. The architecture and history related to the church is highly significant and plays a vital role in flourishing of the tourism industry of Kochi. One can conclude that the very legendary Church of St. Francis is like a mute witness to the times of colonial struggle to which India has been a victim.
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|So, if you are a true lover of history or just have the worm within to know about what the nation has gone through in the eras that passed by then a trip to St. Francis church is a must.|
How to Reach the ChurchSt. Francis Church, Kochi is accessible by bus or boat from Ernakulam, 13 km away. The nearest railway station is also at Ernakulam and the nearest airport is 22 km away, in Nedumbassery.
- Through Aiways: International Air Port is at Nedumbassery, near Aluva, about 22 kms away from Ernakulam, Kochi. Airport Enquiry: 0484-2610015
- Through Railways: The nearest railstation is at Ernakulam about 13 km from Fort Kochi. Kochi has 2 stations, Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town. Trains from the Northern cities/Southern parts of India stop at Ernakulam Junction at D.H Road, Ernakulam South (Ph: 131), and Ernakulam Town, Near North Bridge.
- Through Roadways: Buses are very frequent from Ernakulam to Fort Kochi. The bus ride from Ernakulam town, which is nearly 13 km away, takes about an hour. KSRTC Central Bus station is near the Ernakulam Junction railway station.