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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  • At the heart of the churches of Old Goa, is worth it if you plan to visit the four Central and then relax in his Park.
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  • The church is amazing & we got a guided tour & got to see St Francis”s tomb. The church is in disrepair & some work seems to be going on. There are lots of old paintings & magnificent wooden carvings....  more »
  • garden was good, church was good as well, the place is so big, must visit these two church and muesum.  more »
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  • The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a heritage site. It was built in the year 1660 by the Portuguese as a chapel, and was later given the status of a church. Now a part of Old Goa, the church boasts of impressive architecture, and has some remarkable sculptures and paintings within its complex. It is located near to Se Cathedral and opposite to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Revered by Christians worldwide. It is must visit site in Goa!!
  • Construction work on the church began in 1594. The church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menzies. This world heritage monument has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier, a very close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Francis Xavier died on Sancian Island while en route to continental China on (December 13, 1552). The body of Francis Xavier was first taken to Portuguese Malacca and two years later shipped back to Goa. It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried.[4]The remains of the saint still attract a huge number of tourists (Christian and non-Christian alike) from all over the world, especially during the public viewing of his body every ten years (last held in 2014). The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing. This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and in India. The floor is of marble inlaid with precious stones. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple. The main altar holds a large statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and one of Francis Xavier's companions whose words drew him to a reformed life. "What does it profit a man," Ignatius had asked Francis, “if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"
  • Portuguese legacy I was truly amazed by the beauty of the church and architecture. Amazing carving work and wooden work mesmerizes us. The church looks amazing from the outside and is stunning inside. The un-decayed body of St Francis kept in a glass box is the main tourist attraction of this place. The Church is just beside the Museum of Archeological Survey of India. What makes a journey to this church essential (after all there are so many churches in Goa!) is the museum. While entry to the church is free, the museum has a small fee.
  • A great place for Goa sight seeing apart from the beaches, do not miss it on your tour. A well inner and outer atmosphere, silent, less crowed, connectivity and transportation is good, parking facility available, food restaurant, well managed and maintained spot with great historical significance.
  • Well developed and it feels like you away from India. It's very clean place.

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