There are so many places which I have visited so far in Goa. I was pretty sure by now that Goa is not just a destination but it’s an experience as a whole. The visit to sites like Aguada Fort,
Shanta Durga Temple, Se Cathedral certainly thrilled me as a tourist. The next place which I was to visit was another famous church of Goa known by the name of Basilica of Bom Jesus.
It is located in the old Goa area of the state and is one of the first minor Basilicas made by Jesuits
in India. UNESCO has listed this church among the world heritage sites of the world. The biggest attraction of this church is its architecture which is a mixture of Portuguese and Dutch style. It
is not plastered at all and gives a rustic charm to the whole structure.
The parks which are adjoining are lush green and are very well maintained. The marble flooring of the church also has a very elegant look to it, with Corinthian interiors. The altar is fully
covered with Gold and looks splendid to watch. The mortal remains of Francis Xavier are also housed inside the basilica.
Apart from the church there is also an Art Gallery which is maintained by the church and preserves the rare Goa art made by artists like Dom Martin, one of the famous painters of Goa. There
is also a museum which I visited having an entry fee of rs 5. The museum contains work and paintings on the life of St Francis. There is a sculpture inside the museum which is a great attraction
of the Basilica.
The church is open for all day. I hired a guide who educated me about the history and significance of each artefact present inside the basilica of Bom Jesus. This is one of the must visit places for everyone who travels to Goa.
After this visit to the Basilica, I was quite tired and went to my hotel. The next day I decided to conclude my Goa trip by visiting some other attractions of Goa like the Dudhsagar Falls, Laxmi
Narsimha Temple and Vagator beach of Goa.