A truly awe inspiring view of the city of Panjim, clean white appeal, contemporary architecture and as accessible as it can get, these are just some of the traits of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the most famous church in the capital city of Panjim in Goa.
When one approaches the church, you can’t help but notice the immaculately maintained streets with cobblestone sidewalks and the huge idol of the Virgin Mary atop the entrance to the church. The church was originally built in 1541 but received a complete makeover in 1619 owing to the huge amounts of wealth available to churches back then. Ever since, its grandeur has known no bounds.
As compared to the exterior the interiors are relatively humble. The main altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Mary with two subordinate altars dedicated to Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Rosary respectively. The main building also houses a chapel dedicated to St. Francis Xavier.
While this church is quite a sight to see in the day, most pilgrims swear by its beauty at night with all the lights decorating the white building! The locality around the church is bustling with commercial activity, so tourists and pilgrims are in for a treat shopping wise as well.
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Getting to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is as easy as it gets. Regular bus services are available from within the city and from Vasco Da Gama and Margao. For North Goa residents and tourists put up in the Baga, Calangute and Candolim areas, a cab ride is the best way to get there followed by a rickshaw followed by hiring a bike. If you’re visiting churches in the afternoon, it is best to hire a bike and see the churches of North Goa.