Goa is undoubtedly a thrilling place not only for its unbeatable vibe but for its rich culture and history. Five hundred years ago, Portuguese arrived in Goa and everything changed for this state, a lot for best! From gorgeous churches to the popular Goa Carnival, a lot that we admire and love about Goa today hails from Portugal culture. There are many fascinating Goa vacation packages that will not only let you explore the North, beach and party side of Goa but the Old Goa as well, where the real history of Goa thrives!
Rich and unperturbed, this is the feeling that one has while walking through the pavements of Old Goa. The Portuguese came to Goa in the 16th century and stayed here till 18th. Its beautiful streets and Portugal style buildings still retain that charm of the bygone era.
The beautiful churches are another attraction of Old Goa that will never go unnoticed. The gorgeous murals on the inside, the enthralling architecture, the tranquillity in ambience, each and everything about these churches make them more than just a tourist attraction.
Once there were around 60 churches in Goa, but today only 7 imminent ones remain. Let us look at these beautiful churches that Portuguese have left for us to admire!
Se De Santa Catrina
Built in the 17th century, this cathedral houses the beautiful Golden Bell, which is known to be the biggest in Goa. Also, the church is considered to be one of the largest churches in India and is a must visit.
Bom Jesus Basilica
Known to be as one of the finest specimens of Baroque architecture, this gorgeous 17th-century cathedral is listed amongst UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You must visit it once to experience pure tranquility.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Located in North Goa, this church is easy to access from any hotel North Goa and one must for such is its magnificence- brilliant wooden craftsmanship, wonderful frescos, floral artwork, an abode of historical paintings, sculptures and artefacts, this is a church of immense beauty!
Church of Our Lady of Miracles
The church is built on a demolished Hindu temple and both Christians and Hindus believe this place to be sacred for praying. Indeed the church is miraculous for it truly defines ‘unity in diversity’ in India.
Chapel of St. Catherine
This simple yet elegantly designed church has undergone many modifications. It was initially built in 1510 by a Portuguese governor, but its present structure is a reflection of 1952’s modification and yet it retains its old world charm.
Church of St. Cajetan
The beautiful structure of this church derives inspiration from original Basilica in Rome. It is nestled in close proximity to Viceregal Palace and Se Cathedral and one must explore the beauty of this one!
Church of Lady Rosary
This unique church has a pint of Gothic in its design. It lies to the west of Basilica of Bom Jesus and boasts of two gorgeously designed chapels and several elaborate altars.
Old Goa, located near the capital of this splendid state, Panjim is one of the must visit places in Goa. An amble through the streets of this wonderful place and you’ll feel as if you are transported to an old European town. The calmness it possesses is a rarity in today’s world. So, abandon your lavish Goa hotel room for one day and take a peek into Goa’s rich history, just here in Portuguese town, ‘The Old Goa’.