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One can spend the whole morning or afternoon just walking around exploring this ancient place that is riddled with history and heritage. There is so much to see from the 15th century churches to monasteries lying in ruins.
Basilica of Bom Jesus:
Is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the mortal remains of the revered Patron Saint of Goa Saint Francis Xavier lie in a casket behind the altar. This Basilica of Bom Jesus church is a true example of Baroque architecture. One of Goa’s oldest churches, its construction was started in 1594 and was consecrated in 1605 by Archbishop Dom Father Aleixo de Menezes. There is an exposition every ten years to venerate the body of this Saint. The next exposition will be held in the year 2024. The feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated here every year on the 3rd of December. The novenas begin on the 24th of November. Pilgrims flock from neighboring areas to pay their respects to the saint. It is also a public holiday in the state of Goa.
Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina:
More commonly known as Sé Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of Afonso de Albuquerque over the Muslim army. Since the day of the victory happened on the feast of Saint Catherine the cathedral was built in her honor. The church was enlarged in 1552 commissioned by Governor George Cabral. The church was consecrated in 1640. The cathedral was presented by a “Golden Rose” by Venerable Pope Pius XII. This rose is placed on the casket of St. Francis Xavier. The architectural style of this cathedral is Portuguese-Manueline, the exterior is Tuscan and the interior is Corinthian.