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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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  • Almost everyone who visits Goa for the first time ensures they go and see this church. There are two churches just facing each other. If you are the kind of person who enjoys history and heritage arch...  read more »
  • No trip to the area is complete without seeing this UNESCO site. Located fairly close to the Goa seaside resorts. Get a local guide to share the history or read up in advance. 
  • Just visit to appreciate the great archeological feel. Neatly maintained and has car parking. Respect the heritage and enjoy 
  • Goa is all about St. Francis Xavier. His mortal remains are placed in a casket, few feet above ground in this very Church. One hand is missing, which was taken back to Portugal. The body could not be taken there as the ship was continuously wrecking after many attempts. So they brought back the body, kept the body here, and took back only the hand. The finger nails are still growing, curling! That's again a wonder/miracle. After several centuries the body is still fresh! The remains are lowered December time for public viewing, and special blessings/healing once in twelve years. Miracles happen after praying here, so the crowd is very high. After Saint Thomas, Saint Francis Xavier could be the most popular Christian missionary in India. I like the golden-coloured Altar area. Careful photography gives excellent results. It's a calm, serene place, where people pray earnestly. So let's respect others and be careful not to disturb others while photographing. Use no flash. Many relics of the Saint are found in this Church and the nearby Se Cathedral Church, the largest one in India. Together they form the largest Church complex size area in India.
  • Its ok place i dont know why there is so much hype about. Father body is placed on top and that ain't visible at all I wouldn't recommend this place if you're on short trip to goa.
  • Holy place and also tourist places. Must visit to complete goa trip do not miss on your first visit to goa. You will love this place.
  • Going to Goa and missing to visit this place is absolutely a mistake. Goa is about the Portuguese culture, architecture and the religion they brought to India which is more or less the dominant one here. The body of the saint is preserved pretty well and is brought down every 10 years or so for exposition to the public. Yet again the church design and intricate works are worth your time if you go there.
  • World heritage site, and popular amongst tourists and visitors of Goa. The church and premises is huge and well maintained. You will find many local guides for the tour of the site. You can find local souvenir shops on the street besides.
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