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Goa is the smallest state in India but also most popular with tourists, both from India and all over the world. Most tourists flock here in the winter months to enjoy sunny days. 

But if blissful beaches, fresh seafood, vibrant markets, wild nightlife bring out the wanderlust in you, then the churches will touch you with their sacred aura. 

The churches in Goa are wondrous heritage, which the Portuguese rulers have left behind, for us to admire

Found a place in UNESCO Heritage sites, Churches here are grand in design, superlative in architecture. They are not just a religious place of worship for Christians, but architectural marvels in their own right.

Our list of 5 must-visit churches in Goa that will massively impress you. So, stay tuned!

1.Basilica of Bom Jesus

Located in Old Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is the oldest churches in the state. It visited by millions to pay respect and catch a glimpse of the casket of St. Francis Xavier. The casket is resting in the mausoleum at the top for over 400 years now. 

There is an exposition every ten years to pay respect to the body of this Saint. The next exposition will be held in the year 2024. The celebration feast of St. Francis Xavier is held here every year on the 3rd of December. This 16th-century church is the best Church in Goa and a UNESCO Heritage site. Exhibiting Baroque architecture, the Church is exclusive for Infant Jesus. It has several paintings, marble gilded altars, marble flooring inlaid with precious stones. It is one of the must-visit Old Goa Church.

  • Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa 403402
  • When was it built: 1605

2.Se Cathedral

Located in Velha in Old Goa, Se Cathedral is the largest of all churches in Goa. This most beautiful Church is famous for its Golden Bell. This church was built in 1510 to mark glorify the victory of the Portuguese over an invading Muslim army. Counted amongst the best church in Goa, This church has received the ‘Golden Rose’ by Venerable Pope Pius XII. This rose is kept on the casket of St. Francis Xavier.

  • Location: Velha, Goa 403402
  • When was it built: 1640

3.Church of St. Francis of Assisi

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Blend with Tuscan, Baroque and Corinthian architecture, this old Goa Church, Church of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the famous churches in Goa. This Catholic church was build by the Portuguese,1661. The convent serves as a museum with several paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. Stand here in solitude to feel the energy vibes that recharge your spirit.

  • Location: Off National Highway 4, Velha Goa, Goa 403110
  • When was it built: 1661

4.Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Situated in Panaji, this 17th-century pristine white church is the oldest, most notable, and best church in Goa. Besides the main altar of Mother Mary, the church houses altars of Our Lady of Rosary, and crucifixion of Jesus. With Baroque architecture, this church has the second-largest bell in Goa.

 On the 8th of December every year on the occasion of the festival of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the church shines with colorful lights.

If you happen to be in Goa, do participate in this joyous occasion.

  • Location: Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403521
  • When was it built: 1609

5.Church of St. Cajetan

Originally named The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, this church is another best church in Goa. It is less than a kilometer away from Se Cathedral. Displaying Baroque style architecture, this church is a close replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Its magnificent architecture and interior will almost make you forget you are in Goa.

Your Goa trip is incomplete without visiting these historian churches. Do visit them to experience the best of Goa and carry home the energy and peace.

  • Location: Velha Goa, Goa 403402
  • When was it built: 1661

Your Goa trip is incomplete without visiting these historian churches. Do visit them to experience the best of Goa and carry home the energy and peace.

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