Indo Portuguese Museum

 

Overview

Indo-Portuguese Museum is located inside the compound of the Bishop's House at Fort Kochi,  is one of the important museums of Kerala. The museum was established by the efforts of the late Dr. Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi, The museum is an example of the Portuguese influence in both the art and the architecture of Kerala in general and Cochin in particular. The Indo-Portuguese Museum tells the story of the era when Portuguese used to have a strong influence in this area, at all levels. Be it art or the architecture of the region, this is the primary reason behind the variety in the designs of the buildings and monuments.  the most important and invaluable collections for posterity. The Indo Portuguese Museum holds an important place in the history of Kochi. It is very popular, because it was the first museum in Kerala that especially stored artifacts and scriptures of theological importance.
 
This museum in the garden of the Bishop’s House preserves the heritage of one of India’s earliest Catholic communities, including vestments, silver processional crosses and altarpieces from the Cochin diocese. The basement contains remnants of the Portuguese Fort Immanuel.
 
The history of Portuguese influence on the deccan city of Kochi, goes back a long way. But when the city's bishop, Dr. Joseph Kureethra, saw that the marks left by the Portuguese were being stamped out in the mad rush of modernity, he decided to protect this history, and thereby preserve the rich cultural heritage of Kochi itself, by building the Indo-Portuguese museum. The museum served the purpose of both removing his Archdiocese from danger and acting as an important source of knowledge for the future generations in understanding the significant of the Portuguese Christian culture which till today remains enmeshed with the city's own culture. The museum is an impressive domicile of priceless artifacts belonging to the Indo-Portuguese era, and a superior collection of art and architecture of the city which was so conspicuously influenced by the Portuguese style. The building is divided into five separate sections viz. Procession, Civil Life, Altar, Treasure and Cathedral. Some of the pieces which hold the place of pride in the museum are a 16th century teak wood altar from the Church of the Lady of Hope, a 19th century chasuble, a 17th century silver and wood processional cross belonging to the Santa Cruz cathedral and an antique monstrance from the 18th century. The coat of arms of the Fransiscans is pretty popular amongst the tourists. If you venture down into the basement, you will find the remnants of the fort walls. A visit to Kochi will be incomplete without going through its history.
 
Visiting Hours: 
                      9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed on Mondays and all Public Holidays.
 
Entry fee:
              5/ person for children  
              10/ person for Indians  
              25/ person for foreign tourists  
no entry fee (1st Thursday of every month)
 
Visit duration:
                     About 2 hours
How to reach,
Nearest railway station:  Ernakulam, about 12 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 44 km.
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Ernakulam
Location
Kochi
Address
Indo-Portuguese Museum,Bishop Kureethara Rd,Near Bishop's House,Fort Kochi,Kochi,Kerala-682001.
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Fort Kochi
Nearest Railway Station
Ernakulam Town (ERN)
Nearest Airport
Cochin International Airport
IN
latitude : 10.152000430 longitude :76.401901250
Corporation : Cochin
GPS Code : VOCI
Architect
Christian Art
Dedicated To
Dr. Joseph Kureethra
Visiting Hours
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 – 6:00 pm (Closed on Mondays and all Public Holidays)

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