The glamour of Goa is definitely unmatched to the other places of India. Goa is often mistaken to only have beaches, but as a matter of fact, Goa is much more than beaches. The architectural wonders of Goa is mind-boggling as most of them are an amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese style. Old Goa Church Tour package is quite an interesting trip which helps one know Goa better. The 15th-century churches are heritage and make you learn so much about Goa.
Old Goa or popularly known as Velha, Goa is located at a distance of 10 km from Panjim. It’s a historical city of Goa which also served as the capital long ago. The capital was shifted to Panjim because of an epidemic. But some of the archaeological marvels still remain in Old Goa which makes it worth visiting. The remains are a part of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The most popular church of Old Goa is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. People from across the world come to just visit this church. The church is built in the Baroque style making it different. The church has kept the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Every year on 3rd of December the feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated. The body of the saint is kept in exposition for people after every ten years. This attracts maximum attraction.
Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina
Another popular church of Old Goa is Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina. The church was completed in the year 1619. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over a Muslim army. The day of victory also happened to be the day of the feast of Saint Catherine so the church was dedicated to her. The architecture on the exterior is Tuscan and it is another architectural excel.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Next in the list is the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars, the church was built in the year 1661. The main altar contains the statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross. Below this the statues of St. Peters and St. Pauls can be seen. It is attractive because of its peacefulness and you need to wear appropriate clothes to visit this church.
St. Augustine’s Tower
A visit to the St. Augustine’s Tower in Goa is a must. Velha Goa consisted of 20 churches but only 10 remain till today. St. Augustine’s church consisted of four towers and only this one remains. The remnant is interesting in itself. You can also visit the archaeological Museum too. To get a glimpse of what Goa had, a visit is a must.
Old Goa is a historical place which is peaceful because of all the religious centers. But the idea how these small heritage sites survived decades is simply remarkable. Book your Old Goa/Velha Goa trip online and enjoy the churches and fine Goan food. Entry fees of the places are not included in the tour package. there are a lot of eating joints and resorts where you can rest and enjoy a relishing Goan lunch. Book fast and enjoy.
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