places to see - in mattancherry

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dutch palace
Also known as the Mattancherry Palace, it was built by the Portuguese  and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. A fine blend of Indo-European architecture, it acquired the present name after it was renovated by the Dutch in 1663. In the center of the building is the coronation hall where the Cochin Rajas held their coronations. This central courtyard also enshrines the deity of the royal family. Adjacent rooms contain 17th and 18th century murals illustrating scenes from Indian epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are two temples on either side of the main palace, dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.

mattancherry palace

Timings: 1000 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Fridays and national holidays.


jewish synagogue
Situated close to the Mattancherry boat jetty, the Synagogue and the ancient Jew town built in 1568 AD is of great historical importance. The most distinctive features are its white willow-pattern tiles of which no two are alike. They are believed to have been presented by a merchant in 1763 AD. The great scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded are also of interest. There are also numerous finely wrought gold and silver coins, gifted to the Synagogue by various patrons. Colourful Belgian chandeliers add to the beauty of the Synagogue. Instances from Jewish history and the hardships the Jews underwent are depicted through paintings.

jewish synagogue

Timings: 1000 to 1200 hrs & 1500 to 1700 hrs.


coonan kurishu chapel
This chapel is sited on Bazar Road, to the north of the Dutch Palace. It is part of a major historical event in 1653.


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