One of the most important features of Kerala, Kochi or Cochin as it is also known, is the secular fabric that envelopes it, as it does most of India. Home to a number of religious monuments, a tour to Kochi is made even more special by the various religious monuments of the city, which are led primarily by the various churches and synagogues in Kochi (Cochin).
The history of Kochi (Cochin) dates back to as early as 1314 AD when a major flood opened the estuary into Kochi, which was till then a predominantly land-locked region. What followed was the growth of one of the busiest harbors in the world, which in turn brought the city into prominence in the community of merchants, sailors and foreign invaders.
With time came the various European powers like the Portuguese and the Dutch who brought with them various tenets of Christianity and Judaism, tenets which soon found popularity amongst the people of Kochi.Today, centuries later, the Christian and Jewish heritage of Cochin is still well- preserved in the city, with a number of the churches and synagogues in Kochi (Cochin), being regarded as important historical evidences of the socio-economic growth of Cochin. Cochin is also home to the oldest church in India, St. Francis Church, in addition to one of India's most revered synagogues, both of which are must-visits while on a trip to Cochin.
Churches and Synagogues in Kochi (Cochin)
- St. Francis Church
- Santa Cruz Basilica
- St. George's Cathedral, Karingachira
- Jewish Synagogue Kochi