Basilica of Bom Jesus , Se Cathedral and Chapel of St. Catherine at Old Goa
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Old, Goa India , just a few kilometres from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. One must note that Old Goa was the capital city of Goa, before it was shifted to Panaji by the Portuguese in 1843.
The Basilica is one of the the three building situated next to each other , the others being the Se Cathedral , and the lesser Known Chapel of St. Catherine .
The Basilica is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier and the mortal remains of the Saint is kept there, every decade the remains are taken out . Pilgrims all over the world visit during that year. The feast is celebrated on the 3rd of December , the birthday of the saint.
St . Francis Xavier along with his friend St. Ignatius Loyola founded the the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
The exterior of the basilica is a architecture lover's delight. Shaped as a triangle , It's made up of pinkish bricks which are unpainted and gives it it unique raw look.
The Interior main alter is said to be engraved with precious stones and plated with gold( this is to be confirmed).
(The main alter)
One can visit the basilica on all days .The basilica also houses a museum having old artifacts. Photographs are not allowed inside the museum.
Noteworthy mentions is also the courtyard when in the basilica
(courtyard with amazing structure)
It takes around thirty minutes to explore the basilica along with the museum inside. If you plan to visit goa, then this should be among the top 20 places to visit in goa . Check out my twitter and youtube account for more info on the basilica.
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