Divine Churches in North Goa

North Goa Churches

A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to the famous churches here. Most of these churches are old and are testimony to Goa’s rich cultural heritage. The churches have unique architectural designs which are bound to enthral visitors. Besides, the interiors have a quiet and peaceful ambience that allows you to sit and bask in the spirituality of these sacred destinations. The northern part of the union territory claims the majority of these renowned churches and we have prepared a list of some of the churches in this region that you just cannot miss.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Bainguinim

The Basilica of Bom Jesus can be found in the list of most famous churches in the country. This ancient Roman Catholic church in North Goa has now been labelled as a member of the is part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of the church began in 1594 and is said to shelter the remains of the saint, Francis Xavier. The most striking feature of this church that embodies the finest example of Baroque architecture is the intricately made entrance door. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located on Old Goa Rd. in Bainguinim.

Se Cathedral, Velha

Se Cathedral is known for being the largest church in all of Goa. The alluring architecture of the building stands testimony to the period it was constructed in and is also the proud recipient of the coveted Golden Rose from the Pope, as a signature of reverence. Despite being built in the 1640s to glorify Portuguese prowess upon the Indian subcontinent, Se Cathedral shows a promising picture of sturdiness as it has stood the test of time. Located in Velha, this famous church in North Goa is dedicated to St. Catherine. While visiting this spot you must feast your eyes on the magnificent Golden Bell which sets this church apart from others.

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Churches in North Goa

St. Alex Church, Calangute

The Church of St. Alex is situated in Calangute, just a skip away from one of the most famous beaches in the area. This church boasts of pristine white beauty and towers over the surrounding human settlement since the 1500s. Another interesting factoid that distinguishes this church in North Goa is the Cupola Flasa that has been constructed according to an Indian Architectural design. The Rocco style interiors are truly enthralling and comprise 7 altars, of which the main is dedicated to St. Alex.

Churches in Goa
Churches in Goa

Church of Our Lady of the Mount, Ella

The elegant Church of our Lady of the Mount stands beautifully against the Goan backdrop. Located close to the Mandovi river, the church offers splendid views of the surroundings. Moreover, the interiors comprise some of the finest architectural designs and are truly a treat to the eyes. As soon as you step inside the church you can feel the calm and peace. This is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Goa.

What’s more! Our properties Shanti Morada and Shanti Villa are located in close proximity to these churches. Head over for a relaxing stay with us at either our resort or our luxury villa.