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Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

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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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  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus: Old catholic church. Amazing architecture. The place was crowded with people clicking photos, hence not a serene place for meditation. Church of St. Francis Assissi & Se.....  more
    The Basilica of Bom Jesus: Old catholic church. Amazing architecture. The place was crowded with people clicking photos, hence not a serene place for meditation. Church of St. Francis Assissi & Se.....  more »
  • Our driver told us that this is most important church of Goa from religious point of view. A huge campus and heavy police presence tells you it’s importance. Inside is positive vibes and recommend to....  more
    Our driver told us that this is most important church of Goa from religious point of view. A huge campus and heavy police presence tells you it’s importance. Inside is positive vibes and recommend to....  more »
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  • Pros: - One of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL and THE MOST Holy Church in India. - The remains of St. Francis are kept safe on the Altar of the Church which is kept for exposition once a decade. - Even the Architecture and the heritage of the Church are awe inspiring. - Everything is very well maintained and the volunteers are very helpful. Cons: - None. Verdict: - a must visit! Especially when body of St. Francis is kept for exposition once in 10 years.
  • The Basilica of Bom Jesus situated in Old Goa is one of the most prominent and visited Holy places of Goa. This is the resting place of Saint Francis Xavier. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations where people of all faith come to pray and find peace. The architecture is awesome and the church is very well maintained. I try and make it a point to go for a visit whenever I am in Goa with my family. Sitting and praying here gives me a blessed feeling.

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