Goa is a place that charms its visitors with its unique beauty and serenity. It has always been a fascinating travel destination for people from around the world; and apart from its beaches, Goa boasts of a unique heritage of churches.
Goa is rich in terms of enchanting churches that have attracted tourists since forever. Goan churches are not just a place to pray, but over the years, these churches have come to be visited as architectural marvels that captivate one's senses and enhance one's spirituality.
1. Se Cathedral
The most popular church for tourists would undoubtedly be the Se Cathedral, which was built in 1619. One of the largest churches in Asia, this church was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers in Goa. It took 80 years to build this church, a fact that is reflected in its beauty and its 14 intricately designed altars even today.
2. Bom Jesus Basilica
The architectural style of the Bom Jesus Basilica can be best described as baroque with its extravagantly decorated walls. This Church carves a special niche for itself among the people of Goa because it contains the mortal remains of one of the patron saints of Goa, St. Francis Xavier, preserved inside a silver casket that is put on display every 10 years.
3. Church of St. Catejan
The Church of St. Catejan was built by Greek and Italian priests, unlike the other churches in Goa that were built by the Portuguese. Over 300 years old, this church is still well preserved and is comparatively less explored by tourists.
4. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Pristine white and standing tall with all its glory is the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Built in 1541, this is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Located at the center of Panaji, the capital city of Goa, this church is beautifully maintained and is visited by hundreds of devout Catholic tourists every day.
5. Lady Rosary Church
The Lady Rosary Church does not compete with the churches mentioned above in terms of opulence and grandeur, for it is quite modest as compared to the rest. The reason you will want to visit this church is for the spectacular view from the hill. So this attraction should not be missed.
Goa is a magnificent place that deserves multiple trips in order to be completely explored. We at Stay Simple would be pleased to welcome you to our Peninsula Beach Resort in Calangute, Goa, where comfort and charm coexist.
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