Churches In Goa: 10 Churches In Goa That You Must Visit

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Goa is known for its sprawling white sand beaches, delicious sea food, flea markets and more. One of the many amazing things about Goa is its churches. Built in the Portuguese architectural style and combined with Indian, Tuscan and other influences, these churches are not just monuments of religious attraction, but much more. Thousands flock to the churches just to experience the sheer architectural genius that they are. In fact, the churches in Goa are so marvellous that they can make an atheist turn to God. Look at the ten most wondrous churches in Goa that you need to visit the next time you are in the state.

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Trivia: The non- decomposed body of St Francis Xavier is kept at the world-renowned Basilica of Bom Jesus Church

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Churches in Goa: List of 10 Most Popular Churches in Goa

Churches in Goa Location
1.       Basilica of Bom Jesus Bainguinim, Old Goa
2.       Church of Our Lady of the Mount Velha Goa
3.       Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Panaji, Goa
4.       Church of Saint Francis of Assisi Velha Goa
5.       Se Cathedral Velha Goa
6.       Church of Saint Cajetan

 

Velha Goa
7.       Three King’s Church Muder, Cansaulim
8.       The Church of the Rosary Velha Goa
9.       Mae De Deus Church Chogm Road, Saligao
10.   Chapel of Saint Catherine North Goa
   

 


Churches In Goa: 10 Most Popular Churches In Goa

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and one that is revered by Christians from across the globe. The construction of this grand church started in the year 1594 and ended in 1605. Tourists that visit Goa make sure to stop by the Basilica of Bom Jesus to witness its outstanding baroque style of architecture. The marble flooring of the church is inlaid with semi-precious and precious stones. The altars of the church are exquisitely gilded and adorned. The mortal remains of Saint Xavier are housed in this church in a silver casket and attract tourists from the entire world as it is said to possess immense healing powers. The body is open for public viewing every ten years only.

Why Visit? Baroque Style| Saint Xavier’s Resting Place
Distance from Panjim:
10 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hire a cab from Panjim to reach the church conveniently in 20 to 25 minutes.
By Flight:
Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 25 km away from the church. You can hire a cab or board a bus to reach your destination.
By Train:
Dabolim and Karmali are the nearest railway stations from where you can hire a cab to the church.

 


2. Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount

Church of Our Lady of the Mount was constructed in the year 1510 by the famous architect Alfonso de Albuquerque. Although one needs to climb up a mountain through laterite steps to reach the church, the view from the top is every ounce worth it. The place is serene and tranquil from where you can watch the Mandovi river flow by. At the time of the Monte Music Festival, the church and its surrounding areas come to life. Bollywood movies like Zeher have been shot here.

Why Visit? One of the oldest churches| Breathtaking Views| Serenity
Distance from Panjim: 10 km
Best Way To Reach?
By Road:
Hire a cab from Panjim or Panaji to reach the church conveniently in 30 minutes.
By Flight :
Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 27 km away from the church.
By Train:
Karmali and Vasco Da Gama Railway Station are the nearest railway stations from where you can hire a cab or board a bus to reach the church.

 


3. Church Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception

The simple artistic style of this church makes it a standout among all other churches in Goa. The church was constructed in the Portuguese Baroque style in 1541 and overlooked the city of Panjim. The church holds an ancient bell in its belfry that was removed from the Nossa Senora da Garca church and is the second largest bell in Goa.

Why Visit? Portuguese baroque style | View of the City
Distance from Panjim:
2.5 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hire a cab from Panjim to reach the church conveniently in 10 to 15 minutes.
By Flight :
Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 35 km away from the church.
By Train:
Karmali is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a cab for the church.


4. Church Of Saint Francis Of Assisi

The church was established as a small chapel in 1521 by eight Portuguese Franciscan Friars. The church has a facade adorned with octagonal towers and an elaborate altar with Corinthian and Baroque features. The Archaeological Survey of India established a museum in 1964 in the premises of the church that houses some of the oldest artefacts and relics that avouch for Goa’s rich cultural heritage.

Why Visit? Corinthian and Baroque Style | Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi| Museum
Distance from Panjim:
10 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hire a cab or board a bus from Panjim to reach the church in 20 to 25 minutes.
By Flight :
Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 35 km away from the church. Get a bus or cab to reach the place.
By Train:
Madgaon is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a cab for the church.


5. Se Cathedral

When it comes to enlisting some of the most prestigious and ornate churches in Goa, the Se Cathedral finds its name on the list. It was built in the year 1619 in the Tuscan and Corinthian style. It is the largest church in Goa and one of the largest churches in Asia. Every day, thousands of tourists flock the church to watch its architectural grandeur. The belfry of the church houses the Golden Bell, the biggest bell in Goa.

Why Visit? Corinthian and Tuscan style | Golden Reredos above the altar
Distance From Panaji:
11 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hire a taxi from Panaji to reach the church in 20 to 25 minutes. Bus routes may take longer.
By Flight :
Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 26 km away from the church. You can easily hire a cab and reach the church in 45 minutes.
By Train:
Karmali is the nearest railway station from where you can hire a cab for the church.


6. Church Of Saint Cajetan

Church Of Saint Cajetan is also known as the Church of Divine Providence. The church was opened in the year 1661 and is supposedly modelled on Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The enormous facade of the church has two towers on each side that serve the purpose of belfries. Out of the seven altars that the church has, the major altar is dedicated to Our Lady of Providence. The ceiling of the church tapers into a symbolic Sun while the lower ceiling is ornately decorated with carvings of angelic figures.

Why Visit? Corinthian Order | Altar of Saint Cajetan and Our Lady of Providence
Distance from Panjim:
11.4 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hire a taxi or board a bus from Panjim to reach the church in 20 to 25 minutes.

By Flight: Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport about 26 km away from the church. You can either hire a cab or take a bus to reach your location.
By Train:
Karmali is the nearest railway station about 3 kms away from the church.


7. Three King’s Church

The Three King’s Church is located in a dainty little Goan village called the Cansaulim. The church’s construction started in the year 1599 and is one of the most different churches in Goa because of the presence of negative energy. The Church was the house of Holger Alvunger, a Portuguese King who conspired two against two kings and killed them before committing suicide. The Church is a testimony of the ghastly historical tales that Goa has seen. Numerous people have reported feeling spooked in this church.

Why Visit? Beautiful view of the surrounding | Spooky Experiences
Distance from Panjim:
26 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
You can rent a cab from Panjim to reach the Three King’s church in 40- 45 minutes easily and conveniently.

By Flight: Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport which is about 14 km away from the church. You can either hire a cab or take a state bus to reach your destination.
By Train:
Karmali is the nearest railway station which is about 22 km away from the church.


8. The Church of the Rosary

The Church of the Rosary is one of the most frequently visited churches of Goa. It is a Catholic church that was built between the year 1543 and 1547. It is the oldest church in Old Goa and was established by Alfonso de Albuquerque. The architecture of the church resembles a fortress church with its high windows, round towers with cupolas and porticos. The church has three altars, the main one being dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. UNESCO has declared the church as a world heritage site and thousands of tourists visit the place despite its faraway location.
Why Visit? Portuguese architecture| Old World Charm
Distance From Panjim:
5 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hiring a cab from Panjim is the easiest way to reach the church within 25 to 30 minutes.

By Flight: Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport which is about 28 km away from the church. You can take a cab from the airport and reach your destination directly.
By Train:
Karmali is the nearest railway station which is about 17 km away from the church.


9. Mae De Deus Church

The Mae De Deus Church was built in the year 1873 in the Neo-Gothic architectural style and is one of the most famous churches in Goa. The church is built in the order of a castle with buttress supporting the exteriors and gracefully pointed arches. The church houses the statue of Mae De Deus which is supposed to have miraculous healing powers. The basilica is illuminated in the night and makes for a spectacular view.

Why Visit? Portuguese Architecture| Mae De Dues Statue| Gilded Altar
Distance From Panjim:
11.8 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Buses ply on the route that leads to the Church. You can also hire a cab from Panjim to reach the church conveniently.

By Flight: Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport which is about 36 km away from the church. If one rents a cab from the airport, one can reach the church in an hour’s time.
By Train:
Reach Karmali Railway Station which is about 23 kms away from the church. You can reach the church in an hour and a half’s time from the station.


10. Chapel of Saint Catherine

This small and elegant church is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa. It was built in the year 1510 by a Portuguese Governor to commemorate Saint Catherine. Numerous necessary modifications were made in the church to give it the current structure that it today holds. The basilica has rectangular windows and really exquisite altars. It is one of the most tranquil and serene places in Goa that one must visit. The best thing about the church is that the church is photographer-friendly too.

Why Visit? Portuguese Architecture
Distance from Panjim: 10.8 km
Best Way To Reach
By Road:
Hiring a cab is the most convenient and budget-friendly way to reach The Chapel of Saint Catherine.

By Flight: Goa International Airport, Dabolim is the nearest airport which is about 26 km away from the Chapel. Hire a taxi from the airport to reach the chapel in an hour’s time.
By Train:
Karmali Railway Station which is about 2.5 km away from the Chapel.

These are some of the most beautiful churches in Goa that are flocked by pilgrims and tourists (Christians and non-Christians alike) for their architectural magnificence. Some of them hold miraculous powers of healing while a few are haunted. They have magnificent altars, buttresses, belfries, carved ceilings, painted windows, monumental bells, gardens, cemeteries, aisles, statues, ornate arches and crosses and more. They are the best things to see in Goa after a nice sun basking on the beaches. Or after paying your reverence, you can soak in the sunset from one of the cliffs of these magnanimous basilicas.

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