India has some of the best and oldest religious centres in the world. Christianity in India is believed to have introduced in South-West India, and we are proud of some of the churches that are world famous for its stunning architecture and other aspects.
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa is one such impressive church that has its mark in the history of Christianity in India, and also is a Christian monument revered across the globe. Let us have a look at some of the interesting facts of the church that make it stand out among its counterparts.
The 400 year old church in Goa
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400 Year Old Church
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is as old as 400 years! The foundation stone of the church was laid on November 24th, and was completed in 1605.
World Heritage Site
This impressive church in Old Goa is one of the UNESCO World heritage sites of India.
Nave of Bom Jesus Basilica
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Architecture of the Church
The church was built using Baroque architectural style, which was the most popular style of architecture in the sixties. This is a heavily adorned and ornamental form of architecture, making the church a visual treat. The floor of the church is laid with marble and the interiors are done with precious stones and other ornamental works.
Mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier
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One of The Oldest Churches in the World
Being a 400 year old church, the church is not only among the oldest churches in Goa, it is also one of the oldest churches in the world.
A cross at Basilica of Bom Jesus
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Mausoleum Inside the Church
Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, whose body was brought from China to the church after two years of his death. It was discovered that the saint's body remained intact as the day it was buried. The holy remains of his body is displayed to the public once in every 10 years, which is an event visited by a large number of devotees and tourists from across the globe.
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