Top Choice Church in Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, the imposing Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. St Francis Xavier’s missionary voyages t…
Top Choice Church in Panaji

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Panaji’s spiritual, as well as geographical, centre is this elevated, pearly white church, built in 1619 over an older, smaller 1540 chapel and stacked like a fancy white wedding cake. When Panaji was little more th…
Top Choice Cathedral in Old Goa

Sé Cathedral

At over 76m long and 55m wide, the cavenerous Sé Cathedral is the largest church in Asia. Building work commenced in 1562, on the orders of King Dom Sebastiao of Portugal, and the finishing touches where finally mad…
Observatory in Panaji

Public Observatory

If you’re interested in checking out the clear winter night skies over Goa, the local branch of the Association of Friends of Astronomy has a public observatory on the terrace of the Junta building. The local enthus…
Religious Site in Old Goa

Church of St Cajetan

Modelled on the original design of St Peter's in Rome, the Church of St Cajetan was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, who were sent by Pope Urban III to preach Christianity in the kingdom of Golcond…
Museum in Old Goa

Archaeological Museum

Part of the Franciscan monastery at the back of the Church of St Francis of Assisi is now an archaeological museum, housing some lovely fragments of sculpture from Hindu temple sites in Goa, and some Sati stones, wh…
in Arambol (Harmal)

Terekhol Fort

As north as north Goa goes, this historic bastion just across the river from Querim was built by the ruling Maratha dynasty in the early 18th century. It was soon taken by the Portuguese, against whom a failed mutin…
Church in Panaji

Chapel of St Sebastian

Fontainhas is notable for being home to the pretty Chapel of St Sebastian, built in 1818. This small whitewashed church at the end of a lovely lane contains one of only a few relics remaining as testament to the Goa…
in Panaji

Institute Menenez Braganza

Step into the west entrance of the town’s public library, to examine the grand and dramatic azulejos (traditional painted ceramic tiles) adorning the wall, which depict scenes from Os Lusiadas, a famously epi…
Church in Reis Magos

Reis Magos Church

Reis Magos Church was built below the fortress walls in 1555, shortly after the construction of the fort itself. A Franciscan seminary was later added, and over the years it became a significant seat of learning.