Let’s Explore The Portuguese Have Left For Travelers In Goa!

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 CatrinaSe 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

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 Lady Rosary.jpgChurch 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!

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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.jpgChapel 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

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 RosaryChurch 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’.

8 Famous Churches of Goa That You Must Visit

A remanence of Portugal rule, churches in Goa exudes brilliance and magnificence that is simply impossible to forget. They provide Goa’s culture a magnetizing charm that you perfunctorily feel with just a glance at these. So, even if you have put up in hotel north Goa, you must make a trip to old Goa and explore this state’s every corner to discover these fabulous churches and realize Goa’s rich history!

Bom Jesus Basilica

Bom Jesus Basilica

This beautiful 17th-century church is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in Old Goa, it is a masterpiece by Giovanni Battista, who was a famous sculptor of that time. The mausoleum took almost a decade to finish and today it is known as one of the finest specimens of Baroque architecture.

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral

Also laid in Old Goa, this church ‘Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina’ is one of the largest churches in India. It was built to mark the victory of Portuguese ruler, Afonso who captured Goa in 1510. The day also witnessed the victory of Saint Catherine and hence its name!

Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church of St Francis of Assisi

Nestled in Velho, North Goa, this church is easily accessible from hotels north Goa, India. Immaculately designed with frescos and floral designs and showcasing intricate wood craftsmanship, this church displays architecture of Barque and Corinthian. Another interesting thing about this 16-century old church is that it a museum inside filled with historical sculptures, artefacts, and paintings.

Church of Our Lady of Miracles.jpgChurch of Our Lady of Miracles

Discovered in 1595, this church was initially operated as a military chapel. It is built on the ruins of a Hindu temple and is, therefore, a sacred site for Christians and Hindus alike. Its best feature is the annual festival which attracts a number of tourists every year.

Chapel of St Catherine

Chapel of St Catherine

This one of a kind church in Goa displays simplicity yet seamless elegance in its design. The church was first built in 1510 by Portuguese governor but was modified a number of times after that. The present structure was rebuilt in 1952.

Church of St CajetanChurch of St Cajetan

The architecture of this flawlessly designed edifice is influenced by Corinthian architecture and inspired by original Basilica in Rome. Both the interior and exterior are beautified wonderfully with intricate work. The church lies in close proximity to Se Cathedral and Viceregal Palace.

Church of Lady of RosaryChurch of Lady of Rosary

With a tinge of Gothic in design, Church of Lady of Rosary stands as one of the oldest churches in Goa. It lies in Basilica of Bom Jesus’s west and consists of two elaborately designed chapels, the main one dedicated to Holy Mother. There are gorgeous altars too inside which will definitely catch your sight.

StSt Alex Church Alex Church

Located in Calangute, it is one of the most popular churches in Goa. Where it stands today, stood a Hindu temple dedicated to Ravalnath, a form of Lord Shiva once. This truly mesmerizing church was built in 1597 and exudes positivity in the ambience that is undoubtedly contagious for one’s soul!

Whether you are a party enthusiast, nature lover or simply a leisure tourist in Goa, your trip is incomplete without a visit to Goa’s amazing churches. So, do not just let loose at five-star hotels in Goa, but plan a hike to its each and every corner as the churches of this mighty tourist location are a must visit!

 

 

Goa – My Escapade

5 star hotels in north goa
Though it may be the smallest state in India, Goa has surely a lot to offer.  From relaxation on  secluded beaches to rockin’ your socks off with fellow backpackers or simply exploring the ruins of old Portuguese forts and the charming city of Panaji,  Goa has something to suit everyone’s palate. For me,  I love to do a bit of everything and mix it all up a little.

In this article, I will give you a shortlist of each of the places I visited during my holiday in Goa, trying to give you a few handy tips along the way

palolem beach , five star hotels in north goaPalolem beach

After getting off a 14 hour overnight bus from Cochin, Kerala, my first stop was Palolem. Located in Canacona, South Goa, Palolem is known to be inhabited by many foreigners.  Beautiful stretches of golden sand with a stunning turquoise beach, Palolem is very small, with enough amenities to satisfy your basic needs. Accommodation here is reasonably priced as there are plenty of chilled out beach huts/resorts all along the main beach, haggle your heart out for the price though as bargaining is really the way to go about for everything.


agonda-beachAgonda Beach

To the north of Palolem is an even more relaxing and quiet Agonda beach. There really isn’t a lot to do here except to chill and soak up the sun. Something I would strongly recommend to do whilst you are here is to hire mopeds and ride to Cabo de Rama fort. It’s just a few hours drive and the route is simply breathtaking which makes for a great half day excursion.

panaji, north goa hotels, goa north hotelsPanaji

Further up north, overlooking the Mandovi river is Panaji, Goa’s capital city. Walking down the bylanes, you can get a glimpse of colourful villas, paved streets and old architectural buildings that represent the old Portuguese era. Many famous restaurants and international clothing brands are ideally situated here.

Stay and Accommodation near beaches

There are many accommodation choices available in Goa starting from cheap resorts to expensive. From budget hostels near Calangute Beach to Hard Rock (one of  the 5 star hotels in north Goa), North Goa has a place to stay for all kind of travelers. While south Goa too has options, they are not as comfortable as the ones in north Goa.