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Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, is a centre of historical importance.The Bastion Bunglow is a historic destination built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667 AD. The place gets its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old, Dutch fort.Bolghatty palace built by the Dutch in 1744 which later became the seat of the British Resident of Cochin is yet another historically important place. Chennamangalam, the land that was once the abode of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the Maharajas of Kochi houses their residences, the “Paliam Palace” representing the architectural splendour of Kerala. The Palace houses a collection of historic documents and relics.
A legacy of the trading connections between China and India many centuries ago, the Chinese fishing nets against the city’s waterfront are the trails that still serve as a historic tourist attraction. The long rows of Chinese nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight of Cochins waterfront.The Dutch palace or Mattancherry palace, yet another historic site, was originally built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555.
The "Vamanamoorthy" temple has notable inscriptions dating back to the 10th-13th century and is a religious and historic destination.Pallippuram fort was built by the Portuguese in 1503. It is one of the oldest existing European monuments in India. Hill Palace located at Tripunithura is the largest archeological museum of Kerala. Paintings, carvings, etchings and other trappings of royalty like majestic beds ,weapons carriages and samples of epigraphy are preserved here.
In the Cochin Historical museum, important scenes of Kerala history are portrayed through sculptures. Greeting the visitor outside is a statue of Parasurama ,the mythological sage who is said to have created Kerala.
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