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Explore Goa beyond beaches with these stunning churches in Goa

Explore Goa beyond beaches with these stunning churches in Goa
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By Akansha

12 Mar, 2023

Goa is the smallest state in India but also the most popular among tourists, both from India and all over the world. Most travellers flock here in the winter months to enjoy sunny days. But if blissful beaches, fresh seafood, vibrant markets, and wild nightlife bring out the wanderlust in you, then the churches will touch you with their sacred aura. The churches in Goa are wondrous heritage, which the Portuguese rulers have left behind, for us to admire. With many UNESCO Heritage sites, churches here are grand in design and superlative in architecture. They are not just religious places of worship but architectural marvels in their own right.

Our List Of 5 Must-Visit Churches In Goa Will Introduce You To Goa Beyond The Beaches - 

1. Basilica Of Bom Jesus 

Basilica of bom jesus

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Located in Old Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is the oldest church in the state. It was visited by millions to pay respect and catch a glimpse of the casket of St. Francis Xavier. The casket rests in the mausoleum at the top for over 400 years now. There is an exposition every ten years to pay respect to the body of this Saint. The next exposition will be held in the year 2024. The celebration feast of St. Francis Xavier is held here every year on the 3rd of December. This 16th-century church is the best church in Goa and a UNESCO Heritage site. Exhibiting Baroque architecture, the Church is exclusive to infant Jesus. It has several paintings, marble gilded altars, and marble flooring inlaid with precious stones. It is one of the must-visit Old Goa Church.

Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402

Built in 1605 

2. Se Cathedral 

Se Cathredal

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Located in Velha in Old Goa, Se Cathedral is the largest of all churches in Goa. This beautiful Church is famous for its Golden Bell. It was built in 1510 to mark and glorify the victory of the Portuguese over an invading Muslim army. Counted amongst the best churches in Goa, it has received the ‘Golden Rose’ from Venerable Pope Pius XII. This rose is kept in the casket of St. Francis Xavier.

Location: Velha, Goa 403402

Built in 1640 

3. Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi 

St Francis church of assisi

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Blend with Tuscan, Baroque and Corinthian architecture, the old Goa Church - Church of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the famous churches in Goa. This Catholic church was built by the Portuguese in 1661. The convent serves as a museum with several paintings, sculptures, and artefacts. Stand here in solitude to feel the energy vibes that recharge your spirit. 

Location: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110

Built in 1661 

4. Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception 

church of our lady of immaculate conception

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Situated in Panaji, this 17th-century pristine white church is the oldest, most notable, and one of the best churches in Goa. Besides the main altar of Mother Mary, the church houses altars of Our Lady of Rosary and the crucifixion of Jesus. With Baroque architecture, this church has the second-largest bell in Goa. On the 8th of December every year on the occasion of the festival of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the church shines with colourful lights. If you happen to be in Goa, do participate in this joyous occasion. 

Location: Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403521

Built in 1609 

5. Church Of St. Cajetan 

church of st cajetan

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Originally named The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, this church is another interesting location in Goa. It is less than a kilometre away from Se Cathedral. It displays a Baroque-style architecture and is a close replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Its magnificent architecture and interior will almost make you forget you are in Goa. Your Goa trip is incomplete without visiting this historical church. Do visit to experience the best of Goa and carry home the energy and peace. 

Location: Velha Goa, Goa 403402

Built in 1661

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