Goa is not only one of the popular tourist attractions in India, it is also known for its churches that boast of architecture, history and heritage. A travel guide to Goa would be incomplete without a mention of its churches. These churches play a vital role in shaping the culture and tradition of Goa. Let's take you to some of the best churches in Goa that you could visit on your next trip to the beach destination of Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most famous church in Goa among the Christian community. This 400 year old church is a fine example of Jesuit architecture and is home to the embalmed remains of St. Francis Xavier, who introduced Christianity in Goa. The church is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The church is located near Gabdhi circle on Old Goa road.
St. Cajetan Church
St. Cajetan church in Old Goa was built to resemble the Basilica of St. Peter Church in Rome. This church is perhaps one of the most beautiful churches in Goa. The Corinthian and Baroque architectural styles and the rich carvings make the church a must visit.
Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina
The Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina, also called as Se Cathedral, is one of the best churches to visit in Goa. Located in Old Goa, the church was built in 1619 to commemorate the victory of Portuguese over Mughal army. The church has a huge campus that accommodates the palace of the Archbishop and a museum.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
This is one of the oldest churches in Goa. The church is located in Panjim and the feature that catches your eye instantly is the two altars that border the church on both sides. One altar is dedicated to crucified Jesus and one to Our Lady of the Rosary. The interiors of the church are simple compared to the standards of those times. During evenings, the church is lit up, which is a sight not to miss!
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
The church of St. Francis of Assisi was built by Portuguese as a chapel, which later got the status of a church. The paintings and sculptures within the church complex are what makes it worth a visit. The structure, located in Old Goa, also has a convent. The present day church is a blend of Corinthian, Baroque and Tuscan styles of architecture.
Church of St. Anne
The church of St. Anne is popular for its exquisite architecture. The structure is in fact believed to be one of the masterpieces of Indian Baroque styles of architecture. The Indian temple-style and the European influence makes the church one of the most visited in Goa. It is located on the bank of river Siridao, 10 km away from Talaolim.