The building of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Goa was constructed during 1517-1521 AD. Earlier, there was some other church on the site which was dedicated to the Holy Ghost. However, it was demolished. In its place the now existing Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Goa was built. In this newly built church everything was changed except the foyer. In 1964, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Goa was converted into a museum by the Archaeological Survey of India. In this church remains and paintings of Hindu temple sculptures from Goa were stored. This apart, the Goa Church of St. Francis of Assisi is best known for its designs, paintings and rich carvings on the altars also. In this church, two gigantic statues of St Francis Assisi, Jesus on the Cross, statue of St. Michael and an opulently carved forte form major highlight for the tourists. In fact you will also enjoy all these in church along with its architectural brilliance that represents a blend of Tuscan style in exteriors and the Mosaic-Corinthian style in interiors.
How to Reach:
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Goa is situated in Old Goa. It is 9 km from Panaji. It shares compound with the very popular Se Cathedral. To reach here bus services from Panaji can easily be availed. This apart, taxis and motorbikes are also there if you so desire to take.
Goa popularly touted as the land of sun, sand and sea is kissed with unblemished natural beauty. Its sparkling sands, floating coconut palms and mouthwatering seafood just form a picture perfect to bask in ideal holidays. Graced with scenic beauty, stunning beaches, temples, churches and mosques, Goa offers diverse types of attractions to take delight in.