Places to See Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus
In Panaji, you’ll find many churches built during the Portuguese era in Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to Infant Jesus. The Basilica is most famous for holding the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. He died in 1552. The mortal remains of St Francis Xavier were gifted to the church by Cosimo de Medici III, Grand Duke of Tuscany a year after the saint’s death, according to his wishes.

His embalmed body lies in an airtight glass coffin. It lies in a silver casket sculpted by 17th-century Florentine sculptor, Giovanni Batista Foggini. Some parts of the casket have Hindu architectural influences. The mausoleum is of Italian marble. When the remains were moved to India, they were still fresh. This phenomenon attracts people even unto this day. Devotees and tourists from all over the world flock to see the exhibition, which is conducted once every decade. The last exposition was in 2004.

The Basilica was built in the 16th century. It now stands as a World Heritage Monument. This church is seen as one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in India: the design followed is Renaissance. There altars are gilded and have frescoes and inlay work and the interiors marble. There are paintings from the life of St Francis Xavier, inside the church.

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Alorna fort | Anjunem Dam | Military Cemetery | Arvalem Caves
Budbudyanchi Tali | Usgalimal Rock Carvings | Dudhsagar waterfall | Madei Wildlife Sanctuary
San Jacinto Island | Vintage Car Museum

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