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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  • This is an ancient church which holds the mortal of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located at the heart of the city(Old Goa) which is easily accessible. It is a must visit place in Goa.  more »
  • Third visit in 10 years. I love this place full of history, even if many homes don't exist we can feel the colonial era of the Portuguese maritime counter by or Vasco da Gama came.. .panaji is rich in old Portuguese houses.
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  • An austere Basilica outside and simple and beautiful inside, encourages meditation. A nice place to rest a little while.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Very huge church in Goa..best place to visit and the statue of Jesus is also large. Library available inside. Alking lane inside some old statue and big park to feel relax and take lots of pictures. Outside shopping market. And this place is very nice
  • Rather plain basilica notable for the being the final resting place of the 'incorruptible' body of Jesuit pioneer St Francis Xavier (it looked clearly mummified, perhaps naturally, to me). Getting a mass said is very good value at just INR 100 although it is unclear if that gets one solely devoted to one's prayers or aggregated. The 'I prayed at the tomb of...' mugs make cool souvenirs
  • To me, this place was a standard church. But I will say this. The sound and light show was actually extremely funny. I wouldn't call it a light and sound show. I would say more. It's a 10 dollar disco ball shining down on clay figures representing baby Jesus with a very low audio recording. But that was the highlight of my trip there. Of course, it's beautiful, of course its got amazing history, of course it's got a person's corpse still in pristine condition. It's just in my opinion I've seen so many churches. But never have I seen a sound and light show like this. And for that alone, it gets 2 extra stars from a one.

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