Old Goa travel information, Goa
Old Goa is the town
that served as the Portuguese colonial capital for three and a half centuries.
It is home to some of the best known churches and historic monuments of
Goa and has been declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. Old Goa
came up after the defeat of Adil Shah by Admiral Afonso de Albuquerque
in 1510. Soon, the missionaries followed and the religious buildings came
The churches of old Goa are among the best known tourist attractions in
Old Goa. These churches reflect the evolution of Christianity in Goa and
must be visited during a tour of north Goa. The important churches in
Old Goa are -
Basilica of Bom Jesus :
basilica is dedicated to baby Jesus. Featuring magnificent baroque architecture,
this world heritage site is one of the prime attractions in north Goa.
The church is especially important since it houses the mortal remains
of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. His body is brought out
on the occasion of 'exposition' held once every decade. This is among
the holiest Christian occasions in India.
Se Cathedral :
It is the seat of the Archbishop of Goa. It is one of the largest Asian
churches and is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Church of St Francis
of Assisi and the Church of S. Caetano are the other notable churches
of Old Goa.
by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, this arch was restored in 1954. The statue
of Vasco da Gama tops the arch. It is built of laterite, and all the viceroys
of Goa were given the ceremonial key to Goa after a procession under the
This museum has been set up by the archaeological Survey of India in the
convent of St. Francis of Assisi. There relevant authorities 8 galleries
that display paintings, and artifacts dealing with the history of Goa.
How to Reach:
By Air :
Dabolim is the nearest air port (29 kilometers)
By Railway :
Karmali is the nearest railway station.
By Road :
Buses from Panaji's KTC bus stand pass old Goa en-route Ponda. Auto rickshaws,
taxis and bikes are available from Panaji to old Goa. Panaji is just 9
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