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Adventure Tours - Goa - Churches
 
These churches are a witness to the Portuguese invasion,in goa. built between the 16th and 17th century AD,these churches present a unique blend of the Renaissance and Baroque styles. These Goan churches are famous for their outstanding and exemplary Christian architecture with most of them displaying tiered frontispiece, framed with columns and pilasters. They are the next important tourist attraction after the beaches & are thronged by people of all religions. Churches and convents of Goa have found place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world since it contains the tomb and mortal remains of St.Francis Xavier.A red laterite edifice completed in 1605.
 

Se Cathedral
The Se Cathedral nearby is dedicated to St. Catherine, as it was on her feast day, 25th November 1510 that Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa. Believers are awe-struck to hear of the Cross of Miracles, which is placed in the cathedral, its earlier church having been destroyed. People have had a vision of Christ on this cross and the rock on which it was found was said to spout water while, today, the cross is slowly growing. Earlier, it was at Se Cathedral that the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier were shown to the public

 
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Not far away stands the beautiful whitewashed Church of St. Francis of Assisi , which today houses part of the archaeological museum. Exhibits include prehistoric items from a distant tribal past as also reminders of Goa Dourada, Golden Goa, also known as the 'Pearl of the Orient' or 'Rome of the East' during its heyday. It was the concentration of magnificent churches, symbol of a powerful conquering presence, which justified this last title. In fact, the Church of St. Cajatan , built by an Italian architect in 1651, was modeled in miniature on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
 
Church of Our Lady of Rosary
In Velha Goa or Old Goa, crowning a hill, which was known as the Holy hill, is one of the earliest churches, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary. In Panajim or Panaji, as Goa's capital is called today, the oldest Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The huge Convent of Santa Monica, dating from 1606, was the first Nunnery in Asia. Today, after centuries of changing fortunes, it has been restored and is once again a residential convent.
 
 
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