Goa’s holy place of importance

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Old Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

‘Bom Jesus’ (literally, ‘Good (or Holy) Jesus’) is the name used for the infant Jesus. The Jesuit church is India’s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

One of the oldest churches in Goa, as well as in India, the floor is of marble inlaid with precious stones. Construction work on the church began in 1594 and the church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. This world heritage monument has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity.

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