Friday, 9 December 2011

Popular list of churches in Goa

Goa churches

                                               The first thought you could stumble upon on reaching here would be what to see in Goa? The vast state bordered by a grand coastline, distinct beaches, and stunning palm groves has so much to offer. A place synonymous for its wonderful churches still giving the glimpse of Portuguese colonialism are top attractions. It might take you up an entire day visiting the churches and cathedrals.


Basilica of Bom Jesus:

                                                   The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika  is located in GoaIndia, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule.


The Basilica of Bom Jesus is more than 400 years old and is open to the public everyday. The body of St. Francis Xavier is kept in a well-decorated casket, which can be seen in the photographs below. Solemn exhibitions of the 'body' are held every ten years. Some photos taken inside the church are attached for better understanding of the art work of that time. These art works are called "murals"

                                                                                       Murals of Goa


*Church of St. Francis of Assisi:


    The Church of St. Francis of Assisi    was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India.


                                                                                 " The three tier facade have octagonal towers on each side and in the central niche there is a statue of St. Michael. The main entrance is decorated with circular pilasters and rosette band. The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted which supports the choir. The internal buttress walls, separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top, have frescoes showing floral designs. Above the tabernacle in the main altar is a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross, statues of St. Peter and St. Paul are seen below. The adjoining walls of nave retain painted panels depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi."


Church of St. Anne

                                  The Church of St. Anne is a religious monument located in Santana, Goa, India. It is an example of baroque architecture.
                                                             Majestically nestled in the verdant hills of Santana, Talaulim, the Church of Anne was declared a "national monument" during the Portuguese era per Government Portario No. 1360 of 31/3/31. In that Portario—studded like priceless diamonds—were also the Bom Jesus Basilica, the Se Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Convent of Santa Monica and the Church of St. Cajetan. Each of these, monumental in their architectural splendor, and all of them huddled in the former Portuguese capital of Old Goa, Goa.


*Church of Our Lady of Springs

                                                             The Church of Our Lady of Springs (PortugueseNossa Senhora da Brotas) is located in the vicintiy of the Fort Anjediva on the Anjadip Island, off the West Coast of India under the administrative control of Goa, India. Initially, in 1502 AD, it was built as a small thatched chapel, but later, in 1506 AD, was made into a more permanent structure. It was rebuilt in 1682 and subsequently refurbished in 1729. An Insignia awarded by Rome as the ‘Mother Church’ is seen in this church


 *Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim,

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception ChurchPanjimGoa is one of the oldest churches in Goa, which existed from the year 1540.

 *st. Michael's ChurchAnjuna

St. Michael's ChurchAnjuna, in Goa, is one of the oldest churches in Goa, built in 1613.


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