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Indo Portuguese Museum Kochi Takes to the Period of Portuguese Settlement in India

June 20, 2014

Fort Kochi was under the control of Portuguese for about 160 years and the city still shows traces of Portuguese culture and traditions. We went to visit the museum in the morning and reached the place by 10.30 am. The museum was located in the Bishop’s House and was open for visiting from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days of the week except for Mondays. Already there were many tourists waiting to get in and we joined the queue at the entrance. The entry fee was Rs.10 per person and after paying the entrance fee we got in.

Indo Portuguese Museum Kochi

Indo Portuguese Museum Kochi | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The lush green garden on the premises of the museum and the beautiful silver statue of Jesus captivates anyone who enters the place. The establishment of the museum in 1910 was initiated by Late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, who was the Bishop of Kochi, to protect the heritage of Portuguese and its influence.

 Inside View Of Indo Portuguese Museum Kochi

Inside View Of Indo Portuguese Museum Kochi | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The museum was divided into five sections called Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. There were many rare and priceless collections here for the tourists to view and they reflect a strong influence of the art and architecture of the Portuguese. One of the displays was a piece of the alter belonging to the 16th century. It was made of teak wood and was contributed from the Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypin. A chasuble belonging to the 19th century, from Bishop’s House is another piece that tourists loved to see. There was also a Processional cross belonging to the 17th century, from Santa Cruz Cathedral. It was made with silver and wood combined and was very beautiful. Indo-Portuguese Monstrance from 17th to 18th century and Coat of Arms of Franciscans were other interesting pieces here.

A lot of contribution was also made by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation including sculptures, rare and precious metal objects. We roamed around the museum and got a lot of information about various artifacts from the museum curator, who was a friendly person ready to discuss about everything in the museum. The visit to the museum was very informative and taught us a lot about the Portuguese life and culture.

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