Church of St. Francis of Assissi, Panjim

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Admire an impressive three-tiered façade, Tuscan orders and octagonal towers of Church of St. Francis of Assissi, a large baroque church featuring a unique Portuguese-Manueline portal. Built in 1661 by the Portuguese of lime-plastered laterite blocks, this large church features elaborate arches inside the church and an exquisitely carved altarpiece feature numerous paintings depicting life of Saint Francis of Assisi. A carving of Saint Francis and Jesus and statue of Saint Michael adorn the main altar. A tall barrel-vaulted ceiling provides great acoustics inside the chuch. Enjoy the gardens around the church and check muzzle-loading canons and cannonballs on display which once defended the lucrative Portuguese trade here. Put Church of St. Francis of Assissi on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Goa online travel planner .
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  • Best thing in the old orphanage Church personally! The elaborate pieces are really beautiful. And people don't have to be quiet.
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  • It is one of the oldest church in Goa. It is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. This church though very old has the architecture still in tact. Well maintained.  more »
  • The Church was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Vice-royalty of India. The main entrance is decorated with circular pilasters. The architectural beauty is really attractive and heart ...  more »
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  • The three tier facade have octagonal towers on each side and in the central niche there is a statue of St. Michael. The main entrance is decorated with circular pilasters and rosette band. The central nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted which supports the choir. The internal buttress walls, separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top, have frescoes showing floral designs. Above the tabernacle in the main altar is a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross, statues of St. Peter and St. Paul are seen below. The adjoining walls of nave retain painted panels depicting scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi.
  • The place is open to public and the environment is well maintained. One thing is if you have senior citizens with you then please note that there is a lot of walking involved and there are not many benches for the people to sit. There are local guides for hire also available. Parking is a bit far, suggest to take an umbrella or a good hat to avoid too much sun.
  • The church is situated on the national highway. A beautiful church with a beautiful view what this church is known for. We really enjoyed this place also tried to know the history of this place. You can also see the death body of St. Francis here. But here you have to walk very much in the Sun.
  • Nice from outside. it has a church which is not maintained at all. and a museum ( no photography allowed.) which was not tourist friendly at all. there are carved stones which mean nothing to us, and still it is there.. waste of time for us. never visit in afternoon. it's too hot between 2 to 5pm.
  • We enjoyed this church better than the others. At the time that me and my friends got there, there was a ray of light coming through the small window and nobody was around. There was an amazing opportunity to take some really great photos and the nostalgic of the church and aesthetics was very beautiful.

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