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Basilica of Bom Jesus, Panjim

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A World Heritage Site, Basilica of Bom Jesus serves as the final resting place for widely revered Saint Francis Xavier. Consecrated in 1605, the church and its grand mausoleum housing the canonized Roman Catholic missionary are considered a landmark in Christian architecture. As you approach India's first minor basilica you will be struck by the simplicity of its Jesuit Baroque architecture, looming over the historic streets of Old Goa. Inside, an ornate gilded altarpiece greats you with a warm glow, to the right of which the mortal body of the saint lies, enshrined in the church since 1622. Take a look at our Goa vacation builder to schedule your visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It's an old Heritage site of Goa. One of this usual churches, just that it has the saint body preserved for such a long time. You hardly get to see the hand and the side face as its kept way above the...  more »
  • Other than the church the best things you can see here is the musuem where in the old statues of many saints are kept. Also some description about their life. Then the life of st. Francis Xavier. This...  more »
  • One of the oldest church in Goa. House the relics of St. Francis Xavier. A great place to pray. Calm, quite & peaceful place. Awesome architecture. Fully golden.Well maintained. Must visit with family...  more »
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  • Good place to visit in Old Goa. One can find guides who know everything about the place and can give adequate information about the place. Nice and well maintained.   The floor is of marble inlaid with precious stones. Apart from the adequate planning to cover the place where the offerings/prayers are done with a thin layer of gold, the interior of the church is simple. The main platform holds the statue of the founder of the society of Jesus. In the Church there are paintings of St. Francis Xavier. The Basillica of Bom Jesus is more than 400 years old and is open to people every day for offering prayers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity.
  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus has beautiful architecture and very peaceful. It has the relics of St Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa. While you are here you can also visit the Cathedral which is right opposite this church. Please dress modestly as you are visiting a Holy place. You may not be allowed to enter if they find your dress in appropriate.
  • Well maintained ancient church with great architecture. Relics of St. Francis are kept here. This place is very peaceful. There is a small museum attached to this church where some old wooden statues from all over Goa are kept.
  • Historical church. It has ancient Portuguese structures. Always flooded by tourists, mostly from outside India. Calm and peaceful. There's a parking area just outside the church. And one can also find clean drinking water inside as well as outside the church
  • whats there to say about it ?? Its a world heritage site!!! Absolutely Marvelous architecture.. Its supposed to be a church of miracles . Body of Saint Francis Xaviers is preserved here .. Must must place to visit .

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