Churches and Convents of Goa

The churches of Velha (Old Goa) situated on the western coast of India were built during the 16th and 17th centuries and carry with them the memories and tangs of Portuguese occupation. The most comprehensive among them are the Se' Cathedral, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of St. Catherine, Basilica of Bom Jesus; Church of Lady of Rosary and the Church of St. Augustine.

The church of St.Cajetan is modeled on the original design of St. Peter’s Church in Rome. The Church of Bom Jesus adorned with Ionic, Doric and Corinthian pilasters show the application of Classical order. The Se’ Cathedral built of mud and straw is a classic example of Renaissance architecture with its Tuscan exterior, engraved pillars and pilasters and the Corinthian columns.

Paintings fixed between panels with floral designs and statues delicately carved out of wood, adorn the altars. Most of them depict the images of crucified Jesus, Mother Mary and the Saints.

The church of Bom (infant) Jesus, with its highly decorated ceilings and elaborately carved façade made of black granite is one of the grandest Churches to be raised in Asia. Sarcophagi of illustrious Portuguese who were connected with the religious life of Goa are very interesting.