The Jewel of Goa – Basilica of Bom Jesus

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.

Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

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.

Altar
Altar | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

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.

Mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier
Mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

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.

Art Gallery
Art Gallery | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

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.

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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