We all know Goa is well known for being the party capital of India. Visitors from all over the world make their way to Goa for a fun frolic vacation. While the city of Goa is all about parties, sun, beer and the sand, it is also known for its monumental churches and exemplary architecture.
Goa’s tryst with the Portuguese heritage and history cannot be overlooked. Unlike the image that we have of the state, it offers you the finest examples of stunning Portuguese designs. While they might have ruled us over the years, we cannot curse them for giving us such Rome like legacies. I was in Goa last week and it was pouring down heavily. Most of you who are friends with me on Facebook might have known that. I obviously could not hit the beach or go out to party. Instead, I thought of driving all my way to the Old Goa, taking the church trail and see what history had in store for me. And trust me, it was way more beautiful than what the pictures offer.
1. Basilica of Bom Jesus
|St. Francis Xavier Mausoleum|
Located in Old Goa, the one with the casket of St. Francis Xavier, resting in a mausoleum on the top. The church is one of the oldest and the best of all. With the finest Baroque architecture, peace and all the heavenly presence, the church is a blessing to visit.
You can even attend the mass at 8.00 am to 9.15 am (Sunday) and 7.00 am to 8.00 am (Weekdays)
2. Se Cathedral
Known for its golden bell, this is the largest church in the Old Goa. The church was built to celebrate the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese ruler for capturing a Goan city in 1510. The day was also a day that is marked as the feast to St. Catherine. The church hence was built to commemorate her. With a Portuguese-Manueline architectural style, the church has Tuscan exteriors and Corinthian interiors. The bell aka the Golden Bell is known to be the largest in the state.
The church is open all days of the week, you may visit and take a walk and pictures inside too.
3. Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception
The most famous church in Goa; the one that you have seen in a lot of movies and ads. The 17th century church is of a huge religious importance. The surprise here is that there are two altars in the church; one is dedicated to Our Lady Of Rosary and the other to St. Peter. To add to the sanctity, the church even has a St. Xavier’s chapel.
You can attend the masses here at 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in the afternoon and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the evening.
4. Church of St. Francis Assisi
The only church in Goa that gives you a strong glimpse of the history. With a historically rich museum and a perfect Corinthian architecture, Church of St. Francis Assisi is a testimony to a rich and thriving culture.
Well, not just these but there are more churches in Goa that are as beautiful as the ones in the list but if you go to Goa, do not miss on visiting these 4 famous churches of the state. I am sure you will go back home feeling all blessed with an unmatched energy; for the feeling of tasting the charm and piousness of these churches is unbeatable.
Until my next post,