The 282 years old European cemetery at Kochi Fort, India, is the oldest Dutch cemetery. It is a springy and immortal record of the colorful history of Kochi. The Dutch Cemetery is a sanctified memento of the hundreds of Dutch and English soldiers and merchants who had lost their lives in the pure attempt of expanding their kingdom. The Cemetery was dedicated in the year 1724 andtoday it is looked after by the St. Francis CSI Church in Fort Kochi. Amongst the 104 tombs, eminent Europeans are created a list that had a primepresence in terms of changing the history of not only Kochi, but of the whole world. Any visitor can frankly ask the church for permission to open the gates for viewing. In fact, there are so many requests and visits are made easily by the European tourists.
The church spendsa lot to get back to its ancient look. All the original calligraphic lettering of '1724' fretted on the entrance of the cemetery is still preserved, along with the surrounding thick walls. A complete record of buried personalities is maintained by the committee. Unlike other modern cemeteries, the tombs do not possess cross.The Cemetery is structured in a typical Dutch architecture appertain to that period, along with Dutch inscriptions fretted on them.
|Timings||All days of the week 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||About 2 hours|