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  • Timing: 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
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4 Hours
Availability : 365 Days
Panjim
North Goa
Min Age : 3+

If you love reading the history and exploring the ancient places of unsung tales is on your list, then going on the Old Goa Church tour for which you can even do the online booking will keep you content and leave you with cherished memories. Hiring a history guide would throw light on the fascinating facts about Goa churches and tour’s history.

Old Goa or Velha Goa was founded by the rulers of the Bijapur Sultanate as a port town in the 15th century and is located on the banks of Mandovi River. This town was considered as the administrative town of the seat of Portuguese India. Owing to its “magnificent structures”, this town is also known as “Rome of the East”.

Old Goa Location

Old Goa is located 9 km away from Panjim city. You can go to Margao or Vasco, then take shuttle services and reach Panjim Main bus stand. You can get a cab or auto from there for Old Goa. Feeling adventurous? Then go for the bus to Old Goa.

Brief description of various Churches

The Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus

This place has been proclaimed as the UNESCO World Heritage site where the mortal remains of Patron Saint of Goa, Saint Francis Xavier are kept and it was consecrated by Archbishop Dom Father Aleixo de Menezes. Every ten years, an exposition to venerate the body of the saint takes place. On 3rd December feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated here every year.

Church Timings: Open on all days from 9: 00 am to 6:30 pm

Fees: No Entry fees

The Se’ Cathedral de Santa Catarina
The Se’ Cathedral de Santa Catarina
The Se’ Cathedral de Santa Catarina

To commemorate the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over the Muslim army, Se’ Cathedral was built with the architectural style being Portuguese Manueline. The church was consecrated in 1640 and received “Golden Rose” by Venerable Pope Pius XII.

Church Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm

Fees: No Entry fees

Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Church of St. Francis of Assisi

In 1517, this church was built by Eight Franciscan friars with laterite blocks and is plastered with lime. The church faces west having three chapels present on either side. The church depicts the fusion of various mind-blowing architectural styles with Tuscan styled exterior and Manueline styled interiors. The unique paintings portraying the life events of Saint Francis Xavier are used to decorate the church’s interiors.

Church Timings: Open on all days from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm except Sunday

Fees: No Entry Fees

St. Augustine’s Tower
St. Augustine’s Tower
St. Augustine’s Tower

The structure of this church built by Augustinian friars now stands in ruins. The neglect of maintaining the church led to the collapse of the main church with one tower remaining out of four. Soon the rest of the structure collapsed and the bell of the church was shifted to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Excavations by Archaeological Survey of India revealed that the structure had eight chapels, four altars and a convent.

Church Timings: Open from Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 12:45 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Fees: No Entry fees

The Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum

The museum founded by the Archaeological Survey of India is situated in the convent section of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Time will fly while you are engrossed in knowing the early history of Goa and witnessing the remnants of the Portuguese rule in Goa. You will find Portuguese weapons and portraits of Governors and Viceroys of Goa here.  

Church Timings: Open on all days from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm except Friday

Fee: Rs 5 per person

Sightseeing: Explore nearby lesser known Churches
  • Church of St. CajetanThis one is a replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome which was built in the 17th century.
  • Church of Our Lady of the MountIt is situated opposite to the St. Augustine’s Tower. Experience the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful valleys from here.
  • Chapel of the CarmelitesThis was built in 1614 and is in ruined condition now.
  • Viceroy’s ArchThe Grandson of Vasco da Gama built it in 1597. On one side there are Vasco’s court of arms and on the other side there is a European lady who stood above an Indian lying at her feet.
  • The Gate of the Palace of Adil ShahThe gate is made of Basalt consisting of two pillars decorated with beautiful mouldings and perforated screens which are fragmentary lozenge-shaped. The Palace of Adil Shah is a perfect example of grace and grandeur which was used by Portuguese Governors for festivals.

Timing

9:00 am – 8:30 pm (11.30 Hours)

Food and Stay in Old Goa

  • A comfortable stay in Ayaza Beach Resort and Gomes Pousada Guest House
  • Savor and relish the fresh seafood and Goan delicacies at Gazaali Bar and Restaurant, River Isle and Café Tinto.
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