Basilica of Bom Jesus
One of the most popular churches and an architectural marvel is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Located in Old Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus was consecrated in 1605 and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In operation for over 450 years, this church is remarkable for its baroque architecture that dates back to the late 16th century, and in fact, this architectural style is hard to be seen in India.
The church has magnificent interiors built in Mosaic-Corinthian style. The gold altar is particularly striking. Another crowd-puller is the glass coffin placed in a silver casket that holds mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the well-known Spanish missionary.
Since Basilica of Bom Jesus hasn’t been rebuilt or plastered, it still flaunts its rustic charm from all corners. It’s a belief that the saint has miraculous healing powers, so every 10 years, the holy relics are displayed for public viewing, the last time it was done in 2014. Be sure to visit the Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery next door that features beautiful works of Goan Painter-Dom Martin.