Popularly known for its throbbing nightlife, delicious seafood and sandy coastlines, there exists, a calm side to Goa too. The once upon a time Portuguese colony beholds the most stunning churches. These churches still showcase the sophisticated 15th-century architectural creativity of the Portuguese. The beauty and richness of these churches are famous among tourist making them a go-to sight-seeing spot. Although Goa withholds numerous magnificent cathedrals, we have enlisted 5 must-visits. These whitewashed churches also happen to be only a drive from Lohono’s luxury private villas in Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Built in 1549, the church is well known for elaborate works of precious stones and surreal works of impressionist painter, Dom Martin. However, the church is a crowd-puller for the un-corrupted body of St.Francis Xavier. The church has also been announced as a “Heritage Site” by UNESCO.
The Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina is a magisterial, church located in Velha. It was constructed to honor the victory of the Portuguese army, in capturing Goa. Constructed in a Portuguese-Manueline design with an elegant exterior, this church has a palatial look within. Owing to its magnificent architecture the Se Cathedral is the biggest of all churches and convents of Goa. The Golden Bell, makes this church a must-visit for any traveler looking for beauty and peace.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Located in Velha, this church is a stunning blend of Tuscan, Baroque and Corinthian styles, making it different from other churches in the town. The church depicts the life of St. Assisi as murals on the walls. Apart from hosting a convent, this church has an adjoining museum, which has a varied conglomeration of artifacts and pieces of arts for visitors to view.
Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
With its unique architecture, the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church is a very old gem in the list of churches in Goa. One of the best places to visit in North Goa, this church has a distinctive appearance owing to the double flights of steps zig-zagging across the hillside on which the church is situated. The church is famed for an ancient bell that is believed to be the second-largest of its kind in Goa. People visit this church with great devotion to experience the miraculous powers of the Lord. This church is easily accessible from Lohono’s luxury holiday homes.
Church of St. Cajetan
This mesmerizing structure is located near the iconic Viceregal palace in Velha, Old Goa. A popular church among the Goans, this church is built in the Corinthian design and named after their founder St. Cajetan. Apart from the prime altar for kneeling in front of Mary, there are six other adjoining altars. It is modeled on the St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City.
If you seek serenity and peace, then Goa is the place to be. Planning your next vacation? Stay with Lohono Stays, in our luxury villas for rent in Goa and rejuvenate. On your next holiday, be amused by the bespoke churches in Goa and luxury offered by Lohono’s private villas with a pool.
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