Indo Portuguese Museum

Indo-Portuguese Museum was Established in the year 1910 by the efforts of the late Dr. Joseph Kureethra who was the Bishop of Kochi.The museum today is an important center to understand the Indo-Portuguese Christian Art heritage, which is still surviving.The Indo-Portuguese Museum situated in Fort Kochi throws light on the strong Portuguese influence in both the art and the architecture of the region. Major attraction of the museum is a piece of the altar made in teak, which dates back to 16th century and belongs to the Church of Our Lady of Hope.The museum is divided into five main sections according to the nature of items displayed in each section such as – Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral.

Visiting Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and all Public Holidays.

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has also contributed to the rich collection at the Indo-Portuguese Museum and these include sculptures, precious metal objects and vestments, among others from the Cathedral of Santa Cruz and other churches of the Kochi diocese.The museum currently houses some outstanding collections and is well known for its artistic and architectural marvels, which bear the mark of strong Portuguese influence.Some of these include a piece of the altar made in teak wood (16th century) from the Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen, a chasuble (19th century) from Bishop’s House, Fort Kochi, Processional cross, which is a combination of silver and wood (17th century) from Santa Cruz Cathedral, Fort Kochi, Indo-Portuguese Monstrance (18-19th century), from The Church of Our Lady of Hope, Vypeen.

Indo-Portuguese Museum Map

How to Reach Indo-Portuguese Museum

Railway StationErnakulam railway station is the nearest Railway station located about 15kms away from the Museum.

AirportCochin International Airport is the nearest airport located about 20 kms away from Ernakulam City

Bus Terminal – Ernakulam is connected by a number of interconnecting roadways to different parts of South India.

Indo Portuguese Museum, Fort Kochi

By- Deepakp7 (Wiki)

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