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Churches in Goa

Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of Lady of Rosary, Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, Monte Hill, St. Alex Church, NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca,  Mae De Deus Church, St. John The Baptist Church and many other amazing churches.

It is said that if you want to enjoy the real beauty of Goa then then you should definitely visit churches. Goa is additionally home to some of these lovely places of worship that you should investigate for its structural excellence.

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This wonderful state is not only visited by Indians but also the tourist from all over the world.  The party capital of India is well known for its hip gatherings, dazzling shorelines and a relaxed mentality. Goa's tryst with legacy and history can't be overlooked. The churches of Goa show Portuguese design which is stunning.

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Each of these churches has a verifiable and social noteworthiness. It is likewise an indication of the Portuguese rule in Goa, while whatever remains of the nation was being ruled by the British. The Portuguese reign in Goa stayed undisturbed and in really quiet as well and along these lines, they governed Goa for a long time.

The only memory of the Portuguese that remains here is the excellent Churches and houses that are scattered over this tropical heaven. Learn about the golden days while you step into the churches and witness its vibrant beauty. Each of the church is known for its architectural beauty and significance. Relive those ancient time once again as you visit these amazing churches.

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Bom Jesus Basilica

Bom Jesus Basilica

Being a UNESCO heritage site, this church is world renowned to still host the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The interesting thing about the saint’s mortal remains is that it is extremely well preserved. Even today, thousands of visitors throng the church to witness this miracle. A Jesuit church amongst churches in Goa, this structure is considered to be amongst the finest representations of Baroque architecture. The church is located in Old Goa.

The exact location is Near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Rd, Velha Goa. There are no rules to taking photographs. If you want to take a walking tour, many resorts in Goa arrange a visit to this church. Many walking tour companies offer comprehensive walking tours of this church including many other sightseeing attractions in Goa.

Essential Information:
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402. Best time of the day to visit is on a Sunday 10.30 am to 6.30 pm and on Weekdays 9.00 am to 6.30 pm.

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Se Cathedral

 Se Cathedral

This church is one of the largest in India whilst being amongst the famous churches in Goa too. Being one of the oldest in the country, the Se Cathedral was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Afonso de Albuquerque for capturing a Goan city in 1510. Given that the day when the enemies were vanquished was also the feast of St Catherine, this church was built commemorating her. 

Displaying a Portuguese-Manueline architectural style, the church has Tuscan exteriors and Corinthian interiors. Inside the church, there is a large bell called the Golden Bell – which is the largest in the state.

Essential Information:
The church is located in Velha Goa. The church is open on all days of the week from 7.30 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The church has no rules regarding photography.  A walking tour with Cholta Cholta is recommended.

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Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi

This church is amongst the revered Roman Catholic churches. Known for its Barque and Corinthian architecture, the church’s interiors are finely inlaid with ornaments. On the tabernacle reside two statues – one of the Christ and the other of St. Francis of Assisi. Inside the church, the gilded interiors are beautifully decorated. There are numerous paintings depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The carved woodwork and frescos are also exquisitely done.

This is the only church in Goa with museum containing artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. This is one amongst churches in Goa that has items which are a testimony to a rich and thriving culture that thrived in this land several centuries ago.

Essential Information:
The church is located in North Goa, Goa, Velha Goa. The church is open on all days except on Sundays. Timings are between 7.30 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening.  There are many tour operators providing Old Goa walking tours. In such walking tours, you have the opportunity to visit this church in addition to visiting other churches.

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Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

This is one of the oldest and most famous churches in Goa. The 17th century structure is in the heart of Panjim – the capital of Goa. The church has a simple and elegant exterior. The interiors are tidy and well-maintained. There are two altars within – one dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary and the other to St. Peter. The Xavier’s Chapel is within the church and is an added attraction. Thousands of devotees visit this church on the day of the feast. This church is of religious and historical significance. It is a landmark structure in the capital city. Visiting this place is one of the best thing to do in Goa.

Essential Information:
It is located at Church Square, Panaji and is open on all days of the week. The timing in the Mornings – 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm Afternoon. This church much like the others is photographer friendly.

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Church of St. Cajetan

Church of St. Cajetan

Considered to be amongst the most beautiful churches in Goa, the Church of St. Cajetan resembles the St. Peter’s Church in Rome. Built with laterite blocks, the church has influences of Corinthian style of architecture. The tower is rectangular and the interiors are divided into different sections. 

Each section has several aisles and flanking them are massive pillars. The wooden pulpit is decorated beautifully and the main altar is dedicated to the Holy Mother. There are numerous pictographic and sculptural depictions of the holy family. Some elements of the interior architecture are crafted in the Baroque style. All of this culminates into a visually stunning church.

Essential Information:
This church is located in Velha, Goa. You may visit the church on all days of the week 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM in the morning and 4.00 PM to 7.00 PM in the evening. If you want to take a walking tour, there are many tour operators organizing walking tours to this church and several other churches.

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Chapel of St. Catherine

 Chapel of St. Catherine

This is essentially a Christian ecclesiastical church and the first one of its kind to be built in Goa. Although small, the church is very elegant; this church was built by the Portuguese governor in 1510. Built in commemoration of St. Catherine, the church underwent subsequent modification before being finally rebuilt in 1952. The chapel is simplistic in its interior design. Rectangular window panes are an omnipresent characteristic of the interiors.

The church’s history dates back to the year when the Portuguese started to rule Goa. There is an inscription on a stone slab in the church premises which essays this fact. This church is definitely historically significant given that it existed during those glorious years of conquest and reclamation.

Essential Information:
Located in Velha Goa, this church is open on all days of the week and is photographer friendly. Check with Cholta Cholta walking tours operators

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Church of Lady of Rosary

Church of Lady of Rosary

This church is located to the west of the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus. Built of laterite and lime mortar, there are two chapels and altars inside the church. The main altar is built in commemoration of the Holy Mother. On first glance , the interiors and exteriors of the church resemble a fortress church. 

This is because of the windows adjoining the roof and round shaped towers give this impression. Although built incorporating the Manuline style, there are Gothic elements in the design as well. There is a marble cenotaph that exhibits the wedding details of Dona Catarina with Garcia Sa who was the viceroy at that time.

Essential Information:
The church is located in Gawli Wada, Fatorda, Margao. The best time to visit the church is from 9.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the evening on all days.

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Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

This church is one of the oldest most famous and most popular churches in Goa. It holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the first example of baroque architecture. St. Francis Xavier was a revolutionary Spanish visionary who contributed immensely to missionary works in Portuguese ruled India. The amazing fact is that his mortal remains are still intact. This church receives visits from people from all over the world to view this wonderful spectacle.

Essential Information:
The church is located Near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa Rd, Velha Goa. The church is open on all times of the day. The Best time to visit is in the mornings between 10 and 11 or in the evenings before 7. Much like the other churches, this church is photographer friendly. Walking tours can be opted for.

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Monte Hill

Monte Hill

This church is located to the southeast of Sat Burnzam Ghor. Situated atop a hill, you reach this church after ascending the Monte Hill. A simple and elegant white-washed structure, this church commands a place amongst the churches of Goa for its exotic location. 

As you reach the church, the plain-faceted exterior of this structure beckons you. Given that this hill is Margao’s highest point, when you get here you get panoramic views of the surrounding regions. There is another church in the vicinity dedicated to Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedad. 

Essential Information:
This entire region is ideal for a short picnic and is Padre Miranda Rd, Monte Hill, Margao. The church is open all days of the week except on Sundays. Timings are generally between 7 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening. If you wish to take a walking tour, many church walking tours are organized by leading tour operators.

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St. Alex Church

St. Alex Church

The St.Alex Church is a massive church built by local village communities in 1741. The Grotto in the church yard dedicated to Our Lady is the first such Grotto amongst all churches in Goa. The highlights of the church are its dome and two towers. 

The dome is flanked by seven altars. Numerous feasts are held at the church. Some of the most popular ones are Feast of St. Alex, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. An interesting aspect of this church is that it was built on the site of a Hindu temple. Called the Ravalnath, the remains of this temple can be still seen on location.

Essential Information:
The church is located in Curtorim, SalcettaTaluka, South Goa. The church is open on all days of the week between nine in the morning to eight thirty at night. Cholta Cholta organises such church walking tours.

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NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca

NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca

Goa is a state that possesses some of the most beautiful churches in the world. This church is yet another architectural marvel and is amongst the most popular churches in Goa. If the high vaulted ceiling intrigues you so will the beautiful interiors with stained glass windows. 

The church is built in commemoration of Saint NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca. He is believed to have averted a possibly dangerous situation for Portuguese sailors on their voyage to India. There are many churches in the world dedicated to NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca. Further, also one can find out many more best places to visit in Goa

This church is one among five of them. There are numerous places to visit nearby. The scenic town of Britona is within walking distance. You can see the confluence of two rivers namely the Mandovi and Mapusa here.

Essential Information:
This church is located in Panjim Goa Open on all days of the week from 8 AM the morning to 11.30 at night.  Patron can contact Cholta Cholta walking tours.

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Church of Our Lady of Miracles

Church of Our Lady of Miracles

Dedicated the Our Lady of Miracles, this church started off as a military chapel and is one of the most popular churches in Goa. Built by the Portuguese government, this church once collapsed before being rebuilt. By 1977, the old church was completely demolished and in place a new church was erected. 

Many people have experienced miraculous healing at this church as well. Visited by people of all religions and communities, on the day of the Holy Feast, devotees are seen thronging the church with garlands and candles seeking the blessings of the Holy Mother. Best time of the day to visit.

The churches depict the rich cultural heritage of Goa. Most of them were built during the prime years of the Portuguese rule in India. The architecture of these churches has inspired the construction of many churches not only in India but in other parts of the world too. A
visit to this place in Goa inspires and amazes everyone.

Essential Information: 
Located in Sanguem, and dedicated to Our Lady, the highlight of this church is the praise and worship program on Friday. This church is open on all days of the week between 7 to 10 in the morning and 4 to 11 during the latter half of the day, If you wish for a walking tour, Cholta Cholta organizes walking tours to some of the most popular churches in Goa.

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Mae De Deus Church

Mae De Deus Church

Mae De Deus Church or Mother of God Church is one of the profound neo-gothic  Goa churches standing as the proof of the rich culture of Goa. Transfixing the people with its discerning whitewashed walls and medieval pinnacles, this graceful place to worship will remind you of the castles from Disneyland.

Located amidst the pristine surrounding of the typical Goa backwoods in the Bardez Taluka, the church is home to the remarkable statue of the Mae De Deus or the Mother of God. You cannot certainly miss out on the ravishing view of this glistening church, illuminating at the night.

Essential information: 
The church is located at the Chogm Road in Muddavaddi, Saligao and is open 9 am to 12:30 pm and then from 3 pm to 5 pm. It hosts the church feast on the first Sunday of May. Much like the others, this church will give you amazing pictures to flaunt on social media platforms.

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St. John The Baptist Church

St. John The Baptist Church

Primarily built closer to the seashore, St. John The Baptist Church was shifted to the Monte Benalium hill in the year 1956 due to the marshy conditions. Featuring a testimony to the rich thriving Goan culture, this is one of the most elegant Goa churches you cannot miss out on.

The church has well-maintained exteriors with low domes, old-fashioned yet intricate interiors,  and side altars decorated with cornice designs and paintings. This church has a nourishing ambience that will give you a whiff of solemnity and tranquillity. If you’re one of those on the quest of finding your soul, then this religious haven is your go-to place.

Essential information:
Located at the Velsao Road in Benaulim, this church is open all week. The timing in the morning is 7 am on weekdays and from 6:15 am to 7:45 pm on Sundays. There are many tour operators that give you a trip to the history of the church. You can take pictures of this striking church as well.

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Church of Our Lady of the Mount

Church of Our Lady of the Mount

Parsing Goa’s tryst with legacy and history, this is one of the Goa Churches for the people searching for isolation and peace. Perched at the Monte, you can also enjoy the panoramic view Devar and Chorao islands from the church.The church features elegant and simple architecture with three altars, interiors filled with lavish paintings, and the elegant whitewashed walls acting as a canvas for the setting sun. Talking of the sunset, this Goa church experiences one of the best sunsets you’ve ever encountered.

Though the church is a little overlooked due to its tucked-away location, it becomes hem-packed with music lovers during the popular Monte Music Festival in February which it plays host to.

Essential information:
The church is located in Goa Velha. The church opens at 9 am to 12:30 pm and then from 3 pm to 5 pm. A photogenic location, this place will render you amazing pictures to take back home.

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  1. Which is the famous church in Goa?

    The most famous church in Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. A designated UNESCO world heritage site, Bom Jesus Basilica is known across the world to host the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. A stunning representation of traditional Baroque architecture, Bom Jesus is a popular pilgrim spot for Christians across the country.
  2. Which is the oldest church in Goa?

    The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is the oldest church still standing in Goa. The Church was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. It is the only Church in Goa that has preserved its medieval architectural style.
  3. What are the best Churches in south Goa?

    1. St. Andrew’s Church: Built in the 16th century, St. Andrew’s Church boasts of a Neo-Gothic tradition of styling. The most prominent attractions at the Church include a sculpture of the Lady of Fathima and a stunning gold-fringe.
    2. Se Cathedral: The Se Cathedral was initially built in 1510, to celebrate the conquers of the Portuguese ruler Afonso de Albuquerque. With its stunning lawns and beautiful architectural styles, Se Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in South Goa.
    3. Church of St. Francis of Assisi:  Boasting of stunning Baroque and Corinthian architectural styles, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a popular tourist destination in Goa. It is also the only Church in Goa with a museum, housing artifacts, paintings, and sculptures.
    4. St. Alex Church: A magnanimous Church built by the local Goa community in the 18th century, St. Alex Church in South Goa identified by its two massive towers and domes. The Grotto in its churchyard, dedicated to Our Lady, is the first Grotto to be established in any church in Goa.
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