Churches Of Goa

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Location: Western Ghats of India
Famous Churches: Se Cathedral , Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral
Famous For: Their Architecture
Best Time To Visit: September To April

The Professed House & The Basilica Of Bom JesusVelha Goa, the old capital of the Portuguese, lying further upstream from Panjim is practically open-air museum. The magnificent 16th century city once known as "Goa Dourada" (Golden Goa) rivaled the European cities in splendour and wealth. Today some of the grandeur can be witnessed at the imposing churches, convents and monasteries that remain. The majestic Tuscan style Se Cathedral dedicated to St. Catherine da Se has some of the finest examples of the religious art. Nearby is the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The archeological Museum is housed adjacent to the convent. The Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrines the miraculously preserved remains of St. Francis Xavier - displayed in an exquisitely crafted silver casket resting on a multihued Italian marble base. A dome tops the Church of St. Cajetan close by, modeled on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Halfway up the nearby Holy Hill is the massive The Church and Convent of St. Monica constructed in 1627 Ad, and at the top are the majestic ruins of the St. Augustine's Church.

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