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About Fort Emmanuel

Fort Immanuel lies on the shores of the Arabian sea because of which it enjoys a picture perfect look. In the 1500s, Raja of Kochi gave permission to the Portuguese to build the fort of Emmanuel or Fort Immanuel on the Arabian Sea shores to protect their commercial interests. The Portuguese built it in the year 1503 as part of their strategic alliance to please the king. Its fortifications were reinforced in 1538. Back then, this was a huge structure with entire township within its confines. Construction of the fort was a boon for Portuguese occupation and employment opportunities. A Portuguese settlement was built behind the fort. This included the St. Francis Church, which is the oldest European church in India. However, during the 17th century, the Dutch invaded Kochi and destroyed all Portuguese monuments in the area, including this fort. Now, you can only see the remnants of this once massive structure, as visible from the Fort Kochi beach. You may visit the Francis Church as well. The famous Portuguese sailor Vasco De Gama died in Kochi in 1524, and his body was originally buried at this church. Later its remains were moved to Lisbon.

Historical Context: This church was constructed by Portuguese and it dates back to 15th century. It was constructed in 1503

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Entry Fee Adult: INR 50 Child: INR 20
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera

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