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Synagogue Ln, Jew Town, Kappalandimukku, Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

While some claim that the first Jews arrived in Kerala as early as the reign of King Solomon, historical evidence that is more solid dates their presence here back to the 12th century. The area of Fort Cochin known as Jew Town has seven...

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Saint Francis Church Road Opp, Head Post Office, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

If you have been to Goa, the late-Renaissance style of the facade of St. Francis Church, which sits on the Parade Ground in Fort Cochin not far from the famous Chinese fishing nets, may look familiar. It also wouldn’t be out of place on the...

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N Fort Rd, Thrippunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala 682301, India

First, to get it out of the way: The so-called Chinese fishing nets are not really Chinese. Instead the origin of the name appears to be the use of Chinese to indicate anything foreign or unusual, and these nets are uncommon in India, found only...

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Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002, India

The Mattancheri Palace, often referred to as the Dutch Palace, sits on the eastern side of the Fort Cochin peninsula, facing the city’s harbor. Despite its popular name, the palace was actually constructed by the Portuguese, as a gift for...

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Bastian St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India

While Cochin's St. Francis Church managed to survive through the different conquests of the city, its Roman Catholic cathedral was not as fortunate. Construction of the earliest church on the site began in 1505 and it was elevated to a cathedral...