St. Francis CSI Church
St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Cochin, It was at first built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India[ and has great historical importance as a mute witness to the European colonial fight in the subcontinent. The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. The gravestone of Vasco da Gama can still be seen here. It is on the ground at the southern side. The gravestones of other Portuguese are on the northern sidewall and the Dutch on the southern wall. A cenotaph in memory of the residents of Kochi who fell in the World War I was erected in 1920.