Goa, known for its long stretches of sun kissed beaches, coco palm trees and vibrant night life is also dotted with large number of churches. Goa churches depict the archaic flavor of the Christianity in the state. People from all over the world throngs to this wonderful destination to visit the beautiful churches of Goa. Once you come down to this wonderful state. You can hear the reverberation of the sonorous ringing of the church bells. The churches are the must visit sites of Goa, which can not be missed.
Panaji, the capital city of Goa houses 'Church of the Immaculate Conception', which a beautiful baroque church. This church holds the imposing statues of St. Peter and Paul. You can enjoy the harmony of life once you visit these ecclesiastic institutions of Goa. You can arrange a whole day tour to the Goa churches and get introduced with the popular culture and the great architectural splendor of Goa. Both the south Goa and North Goa is dotted with numerous churches of Goa.
These sacred sites reflect the beautiful medieval European architecture and a combination of Portuguese-Gothic style with the touch of Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior design. Most of the Goa churches were built during the Portuguese rule. Some of the popular Goa churches, which are worth visiting, are the following:
Se Cathedral: It is the largest church in the whole of Asia. Dedicated to St. Catherine, this church was built in a pure Portuguese Gothic style. The exterior of the building reflects authentic Tuscan design while the interior is purely Corinthian. It remains open all the seven days of the week for the public.
Church of St Francis of Assisi: This church houses rich collection of beautiful paintings and is notable for its Mosaic Corinthian interior design. Built in 1521, this church is a double storied structure. The beautiful paintings and the motifs in the church are the main draw for the visitors.
Basilica of Bom Jesus: This world heritage site was erected to pay homage to Bom Jesus. It is located nine kilometers away form the capital city Panaji and stands as a testimony to the history of Christianity in Goa. Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most famous church in Goa. The art gallery inside the church and the beautiful decors will take your breath away.
Church of Lady of Rosary: It is one of the oldest churches in Goa that symbolizes purity and spirituality. It is known for the architectural master pieces within it and has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site.
Chapel of St. Catherine: It is located nest to the famous Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Typical Renaissance style is reflected in the architecture of the church. It is bordered by square towers.
Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception: it is the most imposing structure in the whole of Panjim. Built in 1619, the church depicts the beautiful baroque facade.
Other major churches of Goa include Church of Reis Magos and Church of Holy Spirit to mention some of them. Make sure to visit these churches and monuments during your trip to Goa and capture its charm.