It is said that if you want to enjoy the real beauty of Goa then the churches in Goa is a must visit place for you. Goa is additionally home to some of these lovely places of worship that you should investigate for its structural excellence.
Goa is just beyond beaches and parties. Goa’s tryst with legacy and history can’t be overlooked. The churches of Goa show Portuguese design which is stunning.
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.
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
Se Cathedral is one of the largest Churches in Asia and is dedicated to St. Catherine. Built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of Goa, it took almost 80 years to build. Legend has it that the Golden bell of this Cathedral could be heard all over Goa. One of the bell towers was destroyed during a lightening storm leaving the Church with a unique asymmetrical structure. Don’t judge a book by its cover as this Church contains 14 alters on the inside, with each being more intricately carved than the next.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
One of the oldest Churches in Goa, this Church is located at the centre of Panaji, the Capital City. The Church towers over the City with a statue of Mother Mary at the front casting a watchful eye over its inhabitants. Originally built to welcome sailors home, the Church is over 450 years old and is beautifully preserved. The Church is used even to this very day with devout Catholics stopping by to pray en route to work.
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.
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.
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.
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. This entire region is ideal for a short picnic and is Padre Miranda Rd, Monte Hill, Margao
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.
The church is located in Curtorim, Salcete Taluka, 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