Churches in Goa
The 'Queen of Beaches', 'The Land of Temples and Churches' Goa is home to many exciting tourist destinations for the travellers coming for a Goa tour.
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The beaches, religious monuments, historical monuments, wildlife and bird sanctuaries, art galleries and museums and the towns and villages of yesteryears comprise of today's dream destination Goa.
The Church of Our Lady of Rosary on Monte Santo in Old Goa is the oldest surviving Church in Goa built in 1510 - 1550 AD. Again in old Goa,
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Basilica of Bom Jesus; the Se Cathedral; Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception; the Church of St Cajetan
The Augustine Church of Our Lady of Grace and Rachol Seminary built in 1550 - 1660 AD belong to the Baroque period, which coincided the Renaissance period in Europe.
Church of St Francis of Assisi at Old Goa, one of the famous churches of Goa was built in 1660 - 1760 AD known to be the Indian Baroque Period.
Holy Places in Goa - Goa is admired for its famous and magnificent churches. These colonial buildings are largely a legacy of Portuguese colonization.
Places of Worship in Goa -
Most of Goa's churches were built on the very site of former temples, being Christianity the major religion in Goa during Portuguese reign.
The confiscated lands of the temples were handed over to the church.
With a significant population of Goans being Christians for many generations today, the Church is a significant factor in Goa's social , cultural and religious life. Holy Places in Goa - For example, the contribution of the Church to education in Goa is immense.
Today the churches are all part of the Archdiocese of Goa and function with its help, many are also sheltered sites.
Churches in Goa are gorgeous and grand and are perfect epitome of architectural grandeur.
This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout of all lands and an Exposition or public viewing of his body every ten years attracts lakhs of pilgrims.
During the 450 years of Portuguese rule in Goa, St. Francis Xavier was believed to have afforded protection to the rulers who handed over their symbols of office to the saint during every changeover of the office of Governor General.
The Reis Magos Church or Church of the Three Magi Kings, built in AD 1555, was once a mission center of the Franciscan Order of Monks. Also in Bardez Taluka, at Saligao, amongst picturesque surroundings, stands the Church of Mae de Dens or Mother of God.
The statue after whom this church was named once occupied a convent, now no longer extant, and was known for its miraculous powers. This church is a fine instance of Gothic architecture.
The Church of St. Alex at Curtorim, too, dates from the 16th Century. The Church of St. Anne, at Talaulin Iltias, affectionately called Santana by the people, is dedicated to the Mother of Mary. It is situated on the right bank of the Siridao River.
The Religious Destinations in Goa attracts thousands of domestic as well as foreign travelers
and also many Places of Worship in Goa..
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