of Bom Jesus
The church of Bom Jesus, "Good" or "Infant"
Jesus, is known principally for the tomb of St. Francis Xavier.
In 1946, it became the first church of India to be elevated to the
status of Minor Basilica. One of the richest churches in Goa, it
is covered with marble and inlaid with precious stones and paintings
depicting the life of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica, where the
mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept, is the best specimen
of baroque architecture in India. St. Francis's body was brought
to Goa almost 150 years after his death. It was a gift from Medici,
Cosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It now lies in an airtight
glass coffin, placed inside a silver casket fashioned by a 17th
century Florentine jeweller. The chapel attracts large numbers of
visitors every year.
The Church of St. Cajetan
The Church of St. Cajeta
is modelled on the original design of St. Peter's Church in Rome.
The Church of Bom Jesus with its facade decorated with Ionic, Doric
and Corinthian pilasters, shows the application of the Classical
order. The Se' Cathedral, with its Tuscan exterior, the Corinthian
columns at its portals, the raised platform with steps leading to
the entrance, the barrel-vault above the nave, is yet another example
The paintings in the churches were done on wooden borders and fixed
between panels having floral designs as in the chapels housing the
tomb of St. Xavier, the arches above the altars in the transept
of the Se' Cathedral and in the nave on either side of the main
altar in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Excepting a few which
are in stone, the statues are mostly in wood delicately carved and
painted to adorn the altars. They depict mostly the saints, Mother
Mary and Jesus on the cross.
Church of St Francis of Assisi
This church is the former palace of the Archbishop that connects
the Se Cathedral to the
and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The exterior of the Church
is of the Tuscan order while the main entrance is in Manuline style.
To the west of the Se Cathedral is the former palace of the Archbishop
that connects the Se Cathedral to the Convent and Church of St.
Francis of Assisi. The structure is built of laterite blocks and
is lime-plastered. The church faces west and has a nave with three
chapels on either side, a choir, two altars in the transept and
a main altar. To the north of the main altar is a belfry and a
sacristy. The convent, which forms an annexure to the church,
now houses the Archaeological Museum.
How to Reach
Dabolim Airport is 27 kms from Panaji city centre.
Margao (33 kms) and Vasco Da Gama (30 kms) are the
Panaji is connected by road to Bangalore (598 kms) and Mumbai (594 kms)