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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous churches of Goa?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Sightseeing and relaxing are the two main reasons people go on a vacation to Goa. Your plan of sightseeing will get a new meaning as you explore the famous churches of Goa. The walls, the altars seem to speak of the glorious past of Goa's rich cultural heritage. A visit to some of these famous churches in Goa will take you to a tour of its heritage.

Se Cathedral

  • This largest church in India, dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, took 57 years to complete and today it is considered to be a magnificent work of Portuguese Manueline architecture. Easy to see, why it is billed as a prominent attraction by the Goa Tourism Industry. Apart from its architectural brilliance and its deep association with Christianity, this cathedral is also of historical significance. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over a Muslim army, in 1510. This church has 15 small altars dedicated to Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Three Needs, and Our Lady of Anguish and the grand altar is dedicated to Catherine with several old paintings on either side of it. The Corinthian style columns that stretch to the meet the sky-high ceiling inside the church, nevertheless, fail to impress visitors, so does the Golden Bell, which is considered to be the largest in Goa.


    7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

    This is yet another stunner in terms of spiritual Goa tourism. People of all faith, especially Christians come to this basilica, every ten years to honour St. Francis Xavier, a member of the Society of Jesus, whose mausoleum is located inside the basilica. His mausoleum enclosed a silver casket in which the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is kept. This monument of religious, architectural and historical significance took 11 years to complete its construction in 1605 and is 10 km from Panjim. On the huge entrance of this church, different ornamental designs will greet you and as you walk towards the altar, you will see precious stones glittering on the marble floor. If you want to know more about this respected Jesuit, take a walk through the church and engross in the collection of paintings on the life of St. Francis Xavier.
  • Timings:

    Sunday: 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
    Weekdays: 9.00 a.m.to 6.30 p.m.

    Masses Timings:

    Sundays: 8.00 a.m.and 9.15 a.m.
    Weekdays: 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 a.m.

    Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi

    This structure stands adjacent to the Se Cathedral and is one of the famous monuments of Old Goa. At the highly decorated altar of one of the chapels, is the statue of St. Francis, made out of wood and the statue of Our Lady of Miracles and behind the altar is the intricately ornamented wall with floral patterns. Besides this, the illustrated scenes from the Bible on the walls will take you through the Christian version of the journey of mankind. The architecture gives a Corinthian Baroque touch to this structure. Archaeological Museum of the Archaeological Survey of India in the convent area houses items like ivory sculptures of Jesus Crucifiction, portrait paintings of Vasco da Gama as well as artifacts of Vishnu with ten incarnations, Surya and Gajalakshmi. Among all the places to visit in Goa, this church is among the most loved ones.


    7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Church of Our Lady of Miracles

For a unique experience of the harmony between different religions, head to this beautiful church. For this, you can opt for a Dabolim to Mapusa cab, since this church is located in Mapusa. The Church of Our Lady of Miracles was originally built in 1594 by the Portuguese army. Believed to have been built on the site of a Hindu temple, this church was dedicated to Saint Jerome and is still often called St Jerome's Church. The building caught fire in 1961 and a large part of it was destroyed. After its renovation, the church was rechristened and dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles. Both Hindus and Christians offer their prayers here, especially on the Church Feast on the third Monday after Easter, a fine example of the peace and harmony between the two religions here. Other than visiting the famous churches of Goa, there are many other things to do in Goa.

7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Church of St Cajetan

Church of St Cajetan promises you a visual treat as well as a soul-stirring experience. Also known as "Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence", its origin dates back to 1640 AD when its construction got started in Corinthian style. Its history tells us that the beautiful architecture was built by the Italian friars who were sent by Pope Urban III for preaching Christianity in Golconda which is near Hyderabad. However, the friars were not allowed to work there and hence they settled in Old Goa and began their work. Talking about its structure, the grand building has six Baroque style altars that have images of angels. The left altars are dedicated to Our Lady of Piety, the Holy family and St. Clare while the right ones are for St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John.


7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The largest church and the largest bell, a holy mausoleum with silver casketed remains, Biblical stories on the walls- all these is what Goan churches are famous for. Don't miss out these destinations as the beauty and the aura associated with it can only be experienced through a real tour of these amazing monuments.

Where these are just a few among many churches of Goa, checkout all churches in Goa.

The church which you have said our lady of miracles in Mapusa is wrong. The picture which you have put is of the church St. Francis Xavier at Duler Mapusa Goa. It is not our lady of Miracles church
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