Goa Churches – A element of Goa’s Heritage

No Goa travel guide would be comprehensive with no the mention of churches in Goa. These gorgeous churches are portion of Goa’s identity and character. Most of these churches are in Old Goa. These distinct churches in Goa are famous due to their distinctive architecture, which is a blend of two or a lot more diverse types. The churches play a crucial role in Goa’s cultural, social and religious life. The oldest of Goa churches is the church of Our Lady of Rosary situated in Old Goa. Going to any of these churches is actually spectacular simply because one not only gets to marvel at the ancient architecture but also feel a sense of serenity and calmness.

Goa churches are identified for their architectural styles and following is a short overview on some of them:

Our Lady of Rosary: This beautiful church is perched on a hill named Monte Santo meaning a Holy Hill. Splendid views of River Mandovi and Divar Island can be noticed from the church. This church is a fine example of Manueline architecture.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi: The church developing is known for its architecture, as the interiors feature old murals, carved woodwork and ornamented screens behind the altar. The murals depict the life of St Francis and the floor is covered with carved tombstones with coats-of-arms. The church was initial constructed in 1517 and then later it was rebuilt twice.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: A description about this church is described in nearly every single reliable Goa travel guide. This is a single of the most common of churches in Goa and need to be visited. Constructed in the 16th century, the church includes the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, which is enshrined right here in a silver casket. This church is now a Planet Heritage Site.

Se Cathedral: A extremely well known name amongst Goa churches. This is one of the most magnificent churches in Old Goa that awes vacationers with its opulence and grandeur. There are 5 bells in this cathedral amongst which the Golden Bell is the most well-known due to its rich sound. This cathedral has been devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Church of St Cajetan: This church is a replica of St Peter’s in Rome and was constructed by the Italian friars. The façade is Corinthian whilst the altar is devoted to Our Lady of Divine Providence.

Church of St. Anna: Situated in Talaulim, this church is identified for its Christian architecture and is devoted to St.Anna. The hollow walls are the distinctive function of this church that was employed by men and women to walk in secrecy for confession.

Church of St. Augustine: The Augustinian friars constructed this church in 1602, but it was abandoned in 1835. What remains right now of the church are a massive 46m tower that was used as a belfry and was also portion of the façade.

Church of Mae de Deus: Constructed in 1873, this church is known for its scenic surroundings. Featuring Gothic style of architecture, this is one particular of the most lovely Goa churches that actually sparkles when it is all lit up in the evenings.
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