A lot have been penned about Goa’s scintillating shoreline and its sun-kissed beaches. But a very few people know that this smallest state in India is famous for its churches too. They are remnants of Portuguese rule in the state and depict its wealth of history & culture. There are around hundreds of churches in Goa, but a few of them are too tempting to surpass over. They are majestically built and have been the treasure trove of the state’s Christian-dominated population.
If you’ve been planning for a trip to Goa in near future, here are 5 not-to-miss churches in the state.
Basilica of Bom Jesus:the baroque architecture of this church looks awesome, and the religious significant is splendid indeed! This structure contains the remains of St Francis Xavier: one of the patron saints of Goa. The body of the saint, which is still unified is displayed in the church after every 10 years.
Se Cathedral:this is the largest church in India, pertaining to St Catherine. The amazing thing about this structure is that it took nearly 80 years to build it. There is a Golden Bell in the church. From outside, it looks like a ruin, but you would be surprised to see the magnificent interior which is designed and curved intricately. It is one of the largest churches in Asia.
The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception:located in the center of the capital city Panaji, it is one of the most erstwhile churches in Goa. Majestically built, this church leaves the visitors spellbound due to its architectural excellence and quant charm. It has a statue of Mother Mary at the front, casting an impeccable spell over on-lookers. It is really a well-preserved church in Goa and must-see when you’re on holiday in the state.
Church of St Francis of Assisi: people who pay visit to Se Cathedral often head on to gorgeous structure, due to the close proximity and its grand historical significance. Exploring this beautiful church is like strolling back in the time and witnessing some of the most crucial happenings in the state of Goa. The life of St Francis of Assisi has been displayed beautifully through paintings in the wall. Additionally, the church has an art museum too, which houses a number paintings and artifacts pertaining to Goa’s history & culture.
The Church of St Catejan: an architectural masterpiece, this church was built by a few Italian and Greek priests. It is located in Old Goa and is famous for the burial chamber inscribed with words as ‘My House is a House of the Words of Christ’. Despite being over 300 years old, the church is well preserved.
When you plan a fun-filled vacation at Goa beaches or a soulful journey to the state’s lovely churches, you better book your accommodation well in advance. Goa hotels tend to be occupied soon. So make your