Fort Cochin
The spectacular Fort built by the Portuguese in 1503.
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The gateway to the legendary spice valleys of southern India. This jeweled isle has lured adventurers and kings, traders and travelers from every known civilization for centuries - Arabs, Persians, Chinese, Jews, Portuguese, Dutch and the English. They left behind a tapestry of cultural and architectural landmarks that stand serenely, old rivalries forgotten, along the coast of one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors.
Though Kochi is one of the busiest port on the western cost, it has its own share of sparkling blue lagoons, scenic islands and backwaters which make the land beautiful and exciting. Chinese Fishing Nets, which were introduced during the medieval ages by traders from China, located near the entrance to the harbor, facing the backwaters is a fascinating sight.
The St. Francis Church here is the oldest church built by an European power in India. This Church was built by the Portuguese, and Vasco De Gama was initially buried here. The church is located near Fortkochi beach. The Santa Cruz Basilica nearby, has some very beautiful paintings on the ceiling.
Mattancherry, the commercial centre of Cochin, also has many historic monuments. Notable among this is theJewish Synagogue built in 1568 AD. The Synagogue contains many articles of interest including giant scrolls of the old testament, copper plates, painted Chinese tiles and Belgium chandeliers.