A Guide to Churches in Goa

The land of fun and frolic, Goa has more to it than its beaches, water sports, and parties. Its magnificent churches, the relics of Portuguese colonization, form part of its legacy. A blend of sophisticated Catholic and Portuguese architecture, Goa’s churches also find mention in the World Heritage sites list. Get a complete Goa package to enjoy the spellbinding beauty of the place.

St. Cathedral Church

Known as the largest church in Asia, St. Cathedral was constructed in the 16th century by the Portuguese and is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. Built in a characteristic Tuscan style that is plain yet elegant, the church has a flight of steps leading to its beautiful courtyard. A major highlight of the church is its five massive bells, with a large ‘Golden Bell’ which is the largest of its kind in Goa.

Church of Mary Immaculate Conception

Situated in the capital city of Panaji, the Church of Mary Immaculate Conception was among the first to be built in Goa and also happens to be one of its most popular tourist spots. It is at night that one can see the church in all its glory – it is transformed into a gleaming structure as a multitude of small electric bulbs light it up.

Church of Mary in Goa by Arindam Thokder
Church of Mary in Goa by Arindam Thokder

Ruins of Church of St. Augustine

While the church is abandoned, a soaring 46-metre high Bell Tower remains amongst the ruins. In its glory days, the church was known as the largest in Goa.

The Church of St. Anne

Known for its splendid Baroque architecture which is a fine mix of Indian and European styles, St. Anne is fondly called ‘Santana’ by the locals. Against a lush green backdrop, the church’s white façade is a sight to behold.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

This is one of Goa’s most prominent churches, its magnificent Baroque architecture painting quite a picture of its sacred legacy. In 1946, it became the first Indian church to be declared a Minor Basilica. Dedicated to infant Jesus, the church is a World Heritage Monument.

Reis Magos Church

Reis Magos is one of the oldest Goan churches. The bright entrance of the church can be seen from across the river in Panaji. The interiors are just as fascinating with a multi-hued ceiling in wood.

St. Cajetan Church

An architectural marvel, St. Cajetan has an exterior built in the Corinthian style while the interior is a blend of mosaic-Corinthian architectures. Intricate Corinthian columns and pilasters adorn its alluring interiors, adding to its old-world charm.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

This stunning monument is smaller than other famous churches in Goa but is equally, if not more, finely designed. With intricately carved altars and extraordinarily beautiful paintings ornamenting its ceiling, the church is bound to leave you captivated.

It goes without saying that the splendour of Goa can’t be felt in entirety without a visit to its captivating churches. Choose from an array of various appealing Goa tour packages for an exquisite vacation experience.

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