The Dutch Cemetery

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The graveyard built in the style of Dutch architecture is bounded by stone walls. The entrance pillar has engraved 1724, the year of consecration. This cemetery is said to be the oldest in the country and today it is managed by the Church of South India.

The epitaphs and tombs, numbering 104, carry the authentic records of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of history of this land.

Tombs are made of granite and red laterite stones and have no cross. The big as well as the small tombstones carries Old Dutch inscriptions on the epitaphs.

The St. Francis CSI Church of Fort Kochi maintains a record of the people buried here. Though the cemetery is kept closed most of the time, it is opened on request by the visitors.

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