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St Francis Church

Off at 9.30am / 09:30 to enjoy an early morning orientation tour of the delightful Fort Kochi.

With Raj as our local guide, our first stop was St Francis Church, the oldest church in India. I'm glad that I came yesterday as the sunlight was different and more beautiful streaming in the stain glass windows even though it was around the same time of the morning.

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/kochi-cochin/attractions/st-francis-church/a/poi-sig/1150567/356338

Brief facts … Kerala has more ladies than males, highly educated, coconut, spice accounts for 80% of the state’s income with cardamom being the queen of spice, black pepper = black gold, rubber. Portuguese influence. 54% Hindu, 24% Muslim, 18% Christian. Children learn 3 languages.

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For some of the group, a refreshing cool coconut was in order.

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Back passing the fish market and Chinese fishing nets again.

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Dhoby Khana

Along the waterfront again and caught a local bus the short distance to the open air laundry Dhoby Khana.

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No machines just sheer human power. I'm sure that my new front end washing machine is gentler on the clothes than this method.

A lady gestured me to iron so I did. Perhaps I am in the wrong profession?

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https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kochis-historic-dhobi-khana-run-tamils-may-soon-be-hung-out-dry-44636

More pictures here.

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Dhoby+Khana&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZhpvgkLnZAhXFnZQKHXQ4AmUQ_AUICygC&biw=1922&bih=951

Posted by bruceontour 02:30 Archived in India Tagged kerela st_francis_church fort_kochi chinese_fishing_nets open_air_laundry Comments (0)

Dutch Cemetery & St Francis Church

Dutch Cemetery

The Dutch Cemetery was rather run down.

http://www.keralatourism.org/kochi/dutch-cemetery-fort-kochi.php
http://www.karmakerala.com/guide/dutch-cemetary.html

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Love the goal posts

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St Francis Church

St Francis Church was open and being lazy didn't want to take my shoes off. Knowing that we would revisit the church tomorrow, I opted to taking photos from the entrance.

St. Francis Church, in Fort Kochi (a.k.a. Fort Cochin), Kochi, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer 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 Thanks Mr Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Church,_Kochi

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Posted by bruceontour 00:41 Archived in India Tagged church kerela st_francis_church fort_kochi dutch_cemetery Comments (0)

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