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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Venture inside a Baroque-style basilica to study its religious art and to see the tomb of a saint, the founder of a Catholic religious order.

Delight in the art, architecture and rich history of the magnificent Basilica of Bom Jesus. Dedicated to the infant Jesus, the church is an important site for Christians and home to the remains of a 16th-century Spanish missionary.

The church was constructed at the turn of the 17th century, making it one of India’s oldest churches. The church later became India's first minor basilica. Its UNESCO World Heritage Status also stems from it being the final resting place of St. Francis Xavier, one of the co-founders of the Jesuit religious order. Inside, learn about his missionary voyages to the East.

Before your tour of the building, admire the columned, black granite exterior of this Baroque-style edifice. Note the engraved letters on the pediment that read IHS. This is an abbreviation of the name of Jesus in Greek and is the emblem of the Jesuits.

Inspect the interior, which combines striking features with simple walls. Rising above a marble floor, inlaid with precious stones, the basilica's opulent main altar is a spectacular sight. Appreciate the beauty of the gilded floor-to-ceiling altar screen.

To the right of the altar is the basilica's most popular attraction, the mausoleum of St. Francis Xavier, designed by 17th-century sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini. Study the three-tiered structure, which features jasper and marble decorations and bronze reliefs depicting the saint's life. Atop is a silver casket holding the remains of the saint. Every 10 years, his body, which is in a good state of preservation, is put on public display.

In an adjoining area overlooking the tomb, browse the Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery. There are works by Goan surrealist Dom Martin among a range of pieces by contemporary artisans.

Explore other areas of the church to find the attractive altars to Our Lady of Hope and St. Michael.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Old Goa, just a short walk from central Gandhi Circle. It is free to enter and open daily. Mass is held in the basilica on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


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Fantasy Resort Goa Rs3,777
Fantasy Resort Goa

Fantasy Resort Goa

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Velha Goa, this hotel is steps away from Basilica of Bom Jesus and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Monica are also within 5 minutes. Karmali Station is 27 minutes by foot.

    OYO 19773 Home La Grande Residencia
    OYO 19773 Home La Grande Residencia

    OYO 19773 Home La Grande Residencia

       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Velha Goa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Monica. Convent of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Augustine Tower are also within 10 minutes.

      Old Goa Residency
      Old Goa Residency

      Old Goa Residency

         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. Arch of the Viceroys and Church of St. Cajetan are also within 10 minutes. Karmali Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        The Postcard Velha Rs18,993
        The Postcard Velha

        The Postcard Velha

           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Velha Goa, this luxury villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. Arch of the Viceroys and Church of St. Cajetan are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          OYO 15934 Home Traditional 3BHK Bainguinim
          OYO 15934 Home Traditional 3BHK Bainguinim

          OYO 15934 Home Traditional 3BHK Bainguinim

             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Velha Goa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Convent of St. Monica, St. Augustine Tower and Basilica of Bom Jesus. Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Gomes Pousada Guest House
            Gomes Pousada Guest House

            Gomes Pousada Guest House

               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Cathedral of Santa Catarina and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. Arch of the Viceroys and Church of St. Cajetan are also within 1 mile (2 km). Karmali Station is 30 minutes by foot.

              OYO 62455 Blissful Stay
              OYO 62455 Blissful Stay

              OYO 62455 Blissful Stay

                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Velha Goa, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Convent of St. Monica, St. Augustine Tower and Arch of the Viceroys. Church of St. Cajetan and Basilica of Bom Jesus are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                OYO 62457 Kamat Stay
                OYO 62457 Kamat Stay

                OYO 62457 Kamat Stay

                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Velha Goa, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Convent of St. Monica, St. Augustine Tower and Arch of the Viceroys. Church of St. Cajetan and Basilica of Bom Jesus are also within 2 miles (3 km).