- May 5, 2017
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Enchanting Churches of Goa
The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panaji is perhaps the most photographed church, having such a lofty location in the heart of the capital city.
Somewhere in 1541, the first chapel outside Old Goa was constructed at the site where the church stands. This chapel was dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, which was converted onto a parish church thirteen years later. The whole structure was rebuilt right from the foundation in 1619. The many flights of steps one has to ascend to reach the church were added in 1870. These are arranged in a symmetrical fashion on either side in front, giving it a rather unique appearance. The huge bell at the apex weighs 2.25 tones and belonged to the monastery of St. Augustine, Old Goa till its collapse. The feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is celebrated on the 8th of December and attracts many devotees. Being lit, it looks fabulous at night.