This church was originally built in 1503. That makes it the oldest European church in India. But there is more to this church than just a pretty facade. The famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Cochin in 1524. This was during his 3rd visit to India. The spot where he originally was buried was right here in this church. It was only after 14 years that his body was moved to Lisbon where it still finds its final resting place.


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