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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. Take a look at our Goa vacation builder to schedule your visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • one of the oldest churches in Goa built by portuguese during the era when Old goa was called as Ella (still it does i believe). the holy remains of the st. francis xavier is preserved here in the Basi...  more »
  • Nice place We went on Sunday So Sunday mass was going on and visitors were not allowed inside till around eleven So we went around and took photos of the two churches which are just opposition each ot...  more »
  • The church is very old and is little far from the center but is a worth visit. The architecture itself is very good. The church is open for visit so that you can go inside and checkout the basilica. M...  more »
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  • One of the Oldest Church in Goa also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which so majestic that one's filled with awe. Is said where Francis Xavier's (1506-1552) body was placed. Visited by almost all faithholders it is one of the main attraction for tourists. Was really blessed to have visited this place.
  • One of the most popular churches in Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus truly deserves to be given the status of a World Heritage Site. It is located in Old Goa which was the capital city during the Portugal rule. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous for the preserved mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa, who died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2, 1552. The following year, while transferring his remains to Goa, in accordance with his wishes, it was found that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout from all lands.
  • A must visit place in Goa - Architecture is marvelous and the Basilica is where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved. However was really shocked to read another review, by a Ishpreet Minhas , labelling the Basilica in a very offensive manner. Until and unless a visitor does not maintain basic level of decorum, the Basilica does not have any reservations against any Nationality/Religion.
  • A must visit place in Goa if you have come to tour Goa. Place of historic importance in Christianity. I suggest you hire a guide... it costs just Rs.100 One can see confined body of the Saint (I think) in a box at a distance. There are different stories about him based on who is telling you the story.
  • Nice place to visit when you go to goa. Altogether a different experience compared to party life in goa.it holds the mortal remains of St.Francis Xavier in it. its calm , although its thronged with tourists all the time.