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Churches in Goa

Goa as you know is a heaven for water babies. But it is also thronged by visitors who have a love for history and rich heritage. If you are one of them, you must explore the churches in Goa. After beaches, the churches in Goa are a major part of Goa tourism. Grand designs, intricate architecture and paramount religion, these churches in Goa are not merely a places of worship for Christians but architectural marvels in their own right. The churches in Goa present today are a display of European architectural styles too. And they have also contributed to the education in Goa.

The churches and convents of Goa are UNESCO World Heritage Sites that shed light on significant historic times and their unique architecture stands them apart. These Goa churches reflects the time of the Portuguese control in India. So, while you are a holiday in Goa, do no forget to include the most famous churches in your itinerary.

Here is a list of churches in Goa that you must visit during your trip.

1. Se Cathedral Church

A church in North Goa, Se Cathedral was constructed by the Roman Catholics under the rule of the Portuguese. Dedicated to St. Catherine, it is the largest church of Goa and features the Great Golden Bell. Also, the church has allowed photography so that passionate photographers can come here and capture some amazing pictures of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Location: Velha, Goa
  • Timings: 7.30 am – 6 pm (open on all days)

2. Church of St. Augustine

Once an imposing church, the Church of St. Augustine is just remnants now. However, it is one of the best churches to visit in Goa due to its rich history. It was dedicated to Our Lady of Grace and was once the largest church in Goa. After its abandonment, it started to fall off. Later in 1986, it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Location: Velha, Goa
  • Timings: 6.30 am – 12.45 pm; 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm

3. The Church of St. Anne at Talaulim Ilhas

This is one of the must-visit churches in North Goa. If you are an architecture lover, you will love its Indian Baroque architectural style. The Church of St. Anne is also a World Heritage Site. Located on the banks of the Siridao River, the Church of St. Anne at Talaulim Ilhas has a white-washed exterior and interiors have a cylindrical roof.

  • Location: Talalulim, Goa
  • Timings: 6.30 am – 6.30 pm (open all days)

4. Basilica of Bom Jesus

The most famous church in Goa, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most frequently visited Goa churches. With its beautiful work of precious stones, the uncorrupted body of St. Francis Xavier, and surreal artwork of painter, this church casts a spell on each of its visitors. Also, due to the being of Jesuits who came India in the 15th century, it is one of the oldest churches in Goa dating back to 1594.

  • Location: Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa
  • Timings: 9 am – 6.30 pm (Monday to Saturday); 10.30 am – 6.30 pm (Sunday)

5. Reis Magos Church

One of the esteemed churches in Goa, “Reis Magos” is the Portuguese name for the Three Magi, meaning the Three Wise Men. It is located in a little hamlet of Reis Magis and is home to two famous sites, the Reis Magos Church and the Reis Magos Fort. You will love its sparkling white façade and the view of river Mandovi.

  • Location: Nerul - Reis Margos Rd, Reis Magos, Goa
  • Timings: 9.30 am – 5 pm

6. St. Cajetan Church

Located in Old Goa, St. Cajetan Church is one of the most stunning churches in Goa. It is designed by using Corinthian architecture and also consists of Baroque style carvings. Thousands of visitors come here to adore the beauty of this religious place in Goa.

  • Location: Velha, Goa
  • Timings: 9 am – 12 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm

7. Church of St. Francis of Assissi

One of the most revered Roman Catholic churches in Goa, the Church of St. Francis of Assissi is known for its intricate architecture of Barque and Corinthian styles. There are two stautes here – one is of Christ and the other of St. Francis of Assisi. Also, this church has a museum with a unique collection of artifacts, sculptures, and paintings.

  • Location: Velha, Goa
  • Timings: 7.30 am – 6.30 pm

8. Church of St Paul

St. Paul Church is a ruin that is also a popular attraction in Goa. It was founded by Diogo de Borba and Miguel Vaz to train young converts. Built between 1541 and 1543, the Church of St. Paul was annihilated and the foundation stone for a larger church with three naves was laid on 25th January 1560.

  • Location: Old Goa to Ponda road
  • Timings: NA

9. Church of Mary Immaculate Conception

This is one of the oldest and most known churches in Goa. Built in the 17th century, this church is of immense religious and historical significance. The exteriors of this church are simple and elegant, and the interiors are well-maintained as well. There are two altars placed inside the church – one is dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary and the other to St. Peter.

  • Location: R. Emidio Gracia, Altinho, Panaji, Goa
  • Timings: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm; 3.30 pm – 7.30 pm

10. St. John the Baptist Church

If you are looking for a church in South Goa, visit St. John the Baptist Church. It is also called ‘Sao Joao Baptista Igreha em Benaulim, Goa’ in Portuguese. Originally, this church was established by the Jesuits in Colva back in 1581. In 1596, due to the marshy land, the church was transferred to Monte Hill of Benaulim.

  • Location: Volvaddo, Pilerne, Goa
  • Timings: 7 am – 7 pm

11. Church of St. Alex

Popularly known as ‘The Calangute Church’, the Church of St. Alex is one of the top churches in Goa near Calangute. In Portuguese, it is called ‘Santo Aleixo Igreja em Calangute, Goa’. The old version of this church of 1590 was a thatched roof structure built by the Franciscans and later got destroyed in 1720. The present one is the third one and was constructed in 1741.

  • Location: Curtorim, Goa
  • Timings: 9.30 am – 8.30 pm