Goa is a famous tourist destination of India which is synonymous with adventure and natural beauty. It is a perfect place to rejuvenate your senses. At this destination natural beauty, thrill, fun, entertainment and pleasure are served in plenty. This is one destination which one must visit at least once as it has a lot to leave you enchanted. It is the smallest state of India which occupies a prized place on the tourist map of India. The mesmerizing beaches, exciting nightlife, beautiful churches, historic monuments, river cruise, carnival and seafood are the main attractions of Goa.
The churches of Goa are among its famous attractions which have their own unique charm. The churches of this state reflect the rich legacy of the Portuguese who once ruled this place. Some of the churches are recognized as World Heritage Sites. Beautifully built, they reflect a perfect amalgamation of Catholic and Portuguese architectural styles. Most of them were built during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Some of the famous churches of Goa are:
St. Cathedral Church
Built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, it is the largest church in Asia. It reflects typical Portuguese style of architecture. It houses five huge bells and one among the five is known as the Golden Bell as it is made up of an alloy of gold mixed with some other metals.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Built in honor of infant Jesus, this church was built in 1695 in Baroque architectural style. It is beautifully decorated with inlay work and frescoes. The stunning façade boasts of basalt embellishments which makes it one of the most beautiful churches of the state. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Church of Mary Immaculate Conception
Attracting tourists in large numbers, this church houses a bell which is second largest in the world. It was the first church of the state which was built in 1541. It is beautifully lit at night.
Church of St. Francis of Assissi
Built in the 16th century, this church has an educational institution. The interiors of the church display beautiful paintings of Hindu temple structures. The church reflects the perfect combination of Tuscan and Mosaic-Corinthian architectural styles.