Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa
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Goa Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Paryatan Bhavan, 3rd Floor, Patto, Panaji-Goa, India 403001.
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About Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa
The Basilica of Bom Jesus located in Goa is one of the most famous attractions of this little paradisiacal state of India. Still reeling under the Portuguese rule in the state, Goa is home to a plethora of architectural marvels that remind people of the bygone era. The Bom Jesus Basilica is one such place. The Bom Jesus basilica church in Goa, also known as the Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, is visited by hundreds of locals and tourists all through the year.
History of Old Goa Church
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is more than 400 years old. The foundation of the oldest church in Goa was laid in 1594, while its construction was completed in 1605. Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is home to the tomb as well as the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The Basilica of Bom Jesus body remains are taken out once every decade, calling for a huge festival all across Goa, attracting pilgrims from all over the world. The oldest church was served with the status of a minor basilica in 1946, and is now revered as a holy site.
Basilica of Bom Jesus Architecture
The Jesuit church is built in Baroque architectural style. Its white-washed exterior is considered to be the finest example of Baroque architecture in India.
The church is located in Old Goa, and there are freelance guides available right outside the church to explain the significance of everything outside and inside the monument. However, there isn’t really any requirement for a guide actually, since there are plaques inside and outside explaining everything.
Modern Art Gallery
Comprising around 36 paintings that depict numerous Biblical scenes, the modern art gallery of the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is one of the major attractions to explore here. Executed in between the years of 1973 and 1976, this gallery is the largest of its kind in Asia. The most popular paintings exhibited in this gallery are: ‘Genesis’ and ‘The Last Judgement’.
Professed House of Bom Jesus
The Tomb of St. Francis Xavier is another attraction that lets people dig into the history of the region. This tomb was structured post the remains of Xavier Francis were found fresh and intact, and he was declared a saint. Besides that, the Professed House made of laterite rock is another attraction to visit. Constructed in between 1585 to 1589, this two-storied building became the mission centre for all missions of Jesuit.
Facts about Basilica of Bom Jesus
Completed in 1605, the church is more than 400 years old. The church was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The church houses the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, a missionary from Spain.
Find out the Basilica of Bom Jesus timings before you go there, especially if you are looking to enjoy the Sunday mass. Depending upon different language preferences, the mass is held at different times for English and Konkani. Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa is one of the best places to visit in Goa. After the excursion to all the beaches only, sightseeing to some other places is also essential hence a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus is an option for you in Goa. The peaceful environment of the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa and its stupendous architecture is admired by all the tourists. Various ceremonies take place during the church especially during the Christmas eve, so make sure to take out some time on Christmas night to visit the church if you happen to be in Goa during December.
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Is photography allowed at the Basilica of Bom Jesus?
No photography of person is allowed in the church. There are people vigilant about it and they even ask to delete the photos if they are clicked. However, you are free to click as many of the basilica alone without a human in it.
What is the history behind the name of Basilica of Bom Jesus?
The name of the Church, Bom Jesus, literally translates to "Good Jesus" and is used for Jesus when he was an infant.
When was the Basilica of Bom Jesus constructed?
The Basilica of Bom Jesus was constructed in the year 1605.
How do you get to the Basilica of Bom Jesus?
It is very easy to get to the Basilica of Bom Jesus from Panjim. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Panaji and it would take around 20 minutes to reach the basilica via taxi. If you are coming from Dabolim airport, then the total distance would be 40 km and would take around 1 hour to reach here from Dabolim airport.
Why is Bom Jesus Basilica famous?
Bom Jesus Basilica is one of the most famous churches in Goa as it is around 400 years old and is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Baroque style architecture of the church is noteworthy. There are around 36 paintings inside the church depicting Biblical scenes. There is also a laterite rock house called professed house which is another major attraction here.
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