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Fort Kochi cultural melange in Kerala

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Fort Kochi is a melting pot of cultures. Portuguese, Dutch Jewish and English influences have helped mould the city. It is also a major port and home to Vembanad Lake, the largest in Kerala. Visitors can shop for spices, jewellery, handicrafts, textiles and antiques. The place has incredible art cafes too.

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Clock Tower at Mattancherry Synagogue

Jewish Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue in Fort Kochi is the oldest existing synagogue of all the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is known by various other names such asCochin Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Synagogue. When the Jews settled in Mattancherry after their expulsion from Iberia, they built this imposing structure in 1568. The structure on Jew street is remarkable and the highly decorative interiors have huge Belgian Chandeliers and hand painted floor tiles. They added  the synagogue’s three-story clock tower two centuries later. Ezekial Rahabi, a leading businessman, directed the construction in 1761. …

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Saint Francis Church – Kochi Landmark

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Interior of Saint Francis Church

Saint Francis Church Kochi,  a landmark of Fort Kochi, is one of the oldest European churches in India. It dates back to the sixteenth century. The body of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese navigator, had been buried in the church in 1524.  Da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and navigator, and the first person to sail directly from Europe to India. His son, Padre da Silva de Gama, took the mortal remains to Lisbon in 1538. The gravestone of Vasco da Gama can still be seen in the church. …

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