Churches of Old Goa

by Wojciech Fedoruk - 2 years, 10 months ago

Goa is an Indian state different from others. It is very small, crowdy with tourists and more cosmopolitic. It is very easy and cheap to buy alcohol there. Goa was settled by the Portuguese, who were known as zealous missionaires. This is the reason why now one third of the population are Roman Catholics. The Portuguese left in Goa many great churches, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.

The inscribed churches are groupped on a small area in Goa Velha (Old Goa), small place near Panaji, Goa's capital. It is very easy to get there by bus from Panaji bus station, and the ticket is about 10 rupees. All churches, except Bom Jesus basillica, are painted white and present themselves wonderfully in Indian sun. The ones I liked most were Se Cathedral, Church of St. Francis, Church of St. Cayetan and Bom Jesus. The latter is the place were Francisco Xavier is buried. His coffin is importan pilgrimage place for Indian (and other) catholics. The whole place may be visited in 2-3 hours, but is definitely worth seeing.

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