The Basilica of Bom Jesus and the other majestic churches of Old Goa are a protected UNESCO World heritage site

Goahas a startling number of churches that are essentially part of the legacy of the Goan heritage. And it is because of these imposing churches that Goa is also called the Rome of the East. So, if history and architecture even remotely draw you, these churches should be on your Goa vacation itinerary.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most eminent church in Goa and a UNESCO heritage site. Visited by a high number of tourists from all over the world, this church is one of the oldest and exhibits Baroque architecture. The Basilica was built when the Jesuits came to India in the 15th century. This church is where the body of St. Francis Xavier lies, and it also houses the surreal impressionist paintings of Dom Martin.

Se Cathedral is one of the most important churches and convents in Goa. It was built in the 1600s to celebrate the success of Portuguese rule over India. This Goa church hosts the largest ancient bell in Goa and has also received the benediction of the Pope in the form of the Golden Rose.

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount is another must-visit church in Goa, located in Velha Goa, built in 1510. It has the most breathtaking views of the Mandovi River, the Chorao Islands, the surrounding hills, and Old Goa. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located in the capital city of Panjim. Established in the 17th century, it is also famous for an ancient bell that is believed to be the second largest in Goa after the bell of Se Cathedral.

The Church of St. Cajetan is one of the most beautiful churches and is inspired by the architectural marvel of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican city. It is dedicated to St. Cajetan, a contemporary of St. Francis Xavier and the founder of the Order of monks called the Theatines. With its Corinthian Architecture and Baroque-style carvings, this church is the ideal place to see the Portuguese legacy in Goa.

Author: Planet Goa Team
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