North goa churches: real monuments in stone
Goa, which is famous for its silvery beaches, is also credited with having numerous imposing churches, monasteries, nunneries and convents. Built in the Portuguese, indo-European and European architectural style, the North Goa churches are real monuments in stone.
The North Goa churches are pieces of historical importance, architectural style and beauty. The churches are of great interest to the Historians, Archaeologists and students of architecture. The tourists also cannot but appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the huge structures that are centuries old.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Rasary, Ruins of Church of St Augustine, St Cajetan Church, Reis Magos Church, Church of St. Ana, Church of St Francis of Assissi, Church of Our Lady of the Mount, Church of our Lady of the Rosary and the chapel St Anthony are some of the important North Goa churches.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus, which has the remains of St Francis Xavier, is one of the most visited north goa churches. This church in old goa is the only church that is not plastered on the outside. The 16th century Se Cathedral Church is also a celebrated place. The Church of St Anne at Talaulim is notable for its excellent architecture. No other church in Goa can boast of such a splendid architecture.
From the Church of Our Lady, which is situated on a mount, one can have a picturesque view of Goa. It is said that Afonso de Albuquerque constructed the church in 1510. Right from here, one can see the quite flowing Mondovi River and the other church towers shooting into the sky.
Adjacent to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is situated in the holy hill of Velha Goa. The chapel St Anthony is believed to be built in the early 16th century.
The north goa churches are associated with the social, cultural and religious life of goa. Almost all the north goa churches are protected monuments and are under the Archdiocese of Goa.