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. Add Basilica of Bom Jesus to your Goa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Goa day trip planning tool .
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  • Beautiful church!! ««How to get to the change in the color of the grayish stone façade, but inside is gorgeous!! POV banned from using a bong! Each would ban that the photo shoot!
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  • This church has great architecture both inside and outside. It's one of most famous churches in Goa and it is in Old Goa. There is one of the oldest mummy preserved in the church.  more »
  • The Basilica is in great condition, and the stories of the trials and tribulations of the body of Francis Xavier are very interesting. A very large building made of laterite stone, built in the late 1...  more »
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  • Yes it is one of Goa's most sacred places, and therefore part of each visit here. For an experience that is not merely tourist in nature, do visit early morning. This way you can avoid the tourist crowds that focus on 🤳 and not their spiritual needs. If you wanna delve into what the place has to offer, look at the art, they symbolism and you can feel like you are part of something beautiful. The remains of this holy saint is sacred and you can whisper a prayer if you feel like it.
  • Nice old church. The interior works of it are made from gold and looks quite rich. The campus of the church is quite spacious and the big old trees will surely make you stay there for a while. There are some good souvenir shops around the side gate as this is one of the main churches of Goa. Do not forget to bargain while purchasing stuff from there though.
  • Definitely the most visited church in Goa. A must see place when on a trip to Goa. St Francis Xavier's relics are kept here. Tourist guides are available to explain the details here. One can do charity by giving donations. One can buy religious items, one can just sit on the lawns and relax also. Make sure to be modestly dressed when visiting here. A unique church in Goa.
  • It's in old Goa. Heritage location. By watching big structure I got speechless. Guide available on 100 rs. Shopping place. Food restaurants nearby. One can reach with own vehicle,private car, or by bus. Karmali is near by railway station. Connected to various locations from Indian city.
  • Came here as part of a day tour of Goa. First off - book the guide. As you walk in, someone will ask you if you want a guide. The instinct reaction is to say 'no', but say 'yes'. It was only 100 rupees (about £1.15/$1.60) and we learnt a lot of very interesting stuff we might not otherwise have known. For instance (*spoiler alert*) there is a corpse on display, the desiccated remains of Saint Francis Xavier, who did quite a bit to convert the local population to Christianity. In return, one of his devotees bit his toe off after death and smuggled it out in her cheek. Nice. There's a few other macabre details, such as a carving of Christ which has been doused in red paint. A dramatic scene, set against a building dripping with gold leaf and opulence. Worth looking around. Mind out for the scaffolding outside, there's a lot of it and it's easy to trip over.

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