Welcome to Britona & Pomburpa
Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca was a Spanish saint who, after one hair-raising voyage in which the sailors saved themselves from certain death by appealing to Nossa Senhora, became associated with seafarers, and thus was favoured by many of those who had survived the voyage to India.
The interior of the church is beautifully decorated, with a high-vaulted ceiling and a simple reredos embellished with painted scenes. This church is best visited in the morning and holds one service (in Konkani) on most days.
Britona has plenty of old-fashioned village character, and makes a nice place to stay for the night. Casa Britona is a 300-year-old converted customs warehouse, with luxurious antique-filled rooms, fine outdoor dining beneath the stars and a lovely riverside swimming pool.
Continuing on another 5km to the village of Pomburpa, peek in at its equally beautiful Church of Nossa Senhora Mae de Deus (Our Lady Mother of God), noteworthy for its stunning interior and elaborate gold-leaf reredos.