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Basilica de Bom Jesus

Famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, the imposing Basilica de Bom Jesus contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. St Francis Xavier’s missionary...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Old Goa

Sé Cathedral

At over 76m long and 55m wide, the cavernous Sé Cathedral is the largest church in Asia. Building commenced in 1562, on the orders of King Dom Sebastiao of Portugal, and the finishing touches were finally made...

Religious in Old Goa

Feast of St Francis Xavier

A celebration of Goa’s patron saint; a nine-day novena precedes the feast day, when Old Goa's churches are packed. Once every 10 years, the saint is given an exposition, and his body hauled around Old Goa before...

Church in Old Goa

Church & Convent of St Cajetan

Modelled on the original design of St Peter’s in Rome, this impressive church was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines, sent here by Pope Urban VIII to preach Christianity in the kingdom of Golconda...

Church in Old Goa

Church of St Francis of Assisi

West of the Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi is no longer in use for worship, and consequently exudes a more mournful air than its neighbours.

Museum in Old Goa

Archaeological Museum

The archaeological museum houses some lovely fragments of sculpture from Hindu temple sites in Goa, and some sati stones, which once marked the spot where a Hindu widow committed suicide by flinging herself onto...

Museum in Old Goa

Museum of Christian Art

This museum, housed in part of the 1627 Convent of St Monica, contains a collection of statues, paintings and sculptures. Interestingly, many of the works of Goan Christian art made during the Portuguese era,...

Church 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...

Church in Old Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Passing beneath the buttresses of the Convent of St Monica, about 250m further along the road is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, which stands on the top of a high bluff. It’s one of the earliest churches in...

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Church & Convent of St Monica

Work on this three-storey laterite church and convent commenced in 1606 and was completed in 1627, only to burn down nine years later. Reconstruction began the following year and it’s from this time that the...

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Church of Our Lady of the Mount

This church is often overlooked due to its location on a wooded hilltop, some 2km east of the central area. A sealed road leads to an overgrown flight of steps (don’t walk it solo) and the hill on which the...

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Chapel of St Catherine

About 100m to the west of the Church of St Francis of Assisi stands the small Chapel of St Catherine. An earlier chapel was erected on this site by Portuguese conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510 to...

Historic Site in Old Goa

Monastery of St Augustine

The melancholy, evocative ruins of this once vast and impressive Augustinian monastery are all that remain of a huge structure founded in 1572 and abandoned in 1835. The building’s facade came tumbling down in...

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Chapel of St Anthony

The Chapel of St Anthony, dedicated to the saint of the Portuguese army and navy, was one of the earliest to be built in Goa, again on the directions of Afonso de Albuquerque in order to celebrate the assault on...

Gallery in Old Goa

Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery

This gallery, sandwiched between the Church of St Francis of Assisi and Sé Cathedral, is located in what used to be the archbishop’s house, and contains a hodgepodge collection of contemporary Christian art and...

Religious in Old Goa

Procession of All Saints

On the fifth Monday in Lent, this is the only procession of its sort outside Rome, whereby 30 statues of saints are paraded around Old Goa and neighbouring villages.

Monument in Old Goa

Viceroy’s Arch

Perhaps the best way to arrive in Old Goa is the same way that visitors did in the city’s heyday. Approaching along the wide Mandovi River, new arrivals would have first glimpsed the city’s busy wharf just in...

Ruins in Old Goa

Ruins of the Church of St Augustine

Standing on Holy Hill (Monte Santo) is perhaps the most mournful memorial to Old Goa’s fallen might. All that’s left today of the Church of St Augustine is the 46m-high tower, which served as a belfry and formed...

Historic Site in Old Goa

Adil Shah Palace Gateway

Next to the Convent of St Cajetan, this freestanding basalt doorway, atop five steps, is the only remains of the grand palace of Goa’s 16th-century Muslim ruler Adil Shah. It was later converted into the...