Old Goa Churches Tour
After the Sahakari Spice Farm trip, you will head for exploring the famous churches of old Goa which is packed with history that relates to the Portuguese rule. In 1775, Old Goa was abandoned, and Panjim (New Goa) was made the capital.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
In this church, you will find the mortal remains of the patron saint of Goa known as St. Francis Xavier. You will find people from various places who come here to pay homage to the saint. 3rd December is considered as the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. The church of Basilica of Bom Jesus is regarded as the best example when it comes to the Baroque architecture in India.
Se’ Cathedral de Santa Catarina
This church is located in the same area as Basilica of Bom Jesus. The church was seen to be built in honor of St. Catherine so that the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over the Muslim Army in 1510 is memorialized. You will find that the Portuguese-Manueline is the architectural style of this church. The exteriors are in the Tuscan style and the interiors in the Corinthian style of architecture.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
The eight Franciscan Friars who came to Goa in 1517 built this church in 1661. It is said that the Franciscan Convent was converted into a museum in 1964 with its reorganization that took place in 1982. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) set up the museum, and it is open on all days of the week from 10 am to 5 pm except Fridays.
St. Augustine’s Tower
Augustinian Friars who came to Goa in 1597 constructed the St. Augustine’s church in 1602. It was said that since the plague broke out in the area, therefore, the church and the monastery were abandoned. The year 1842 saw the collapse of the tower due to neglect. The Immaculate Conception Church holds the church’s bell. Out of the beautiful four towers, only one stands today. As per the recent excavation, it was proved that there had been four altars, eight chapels, and a convent.