Going on holiday is fun, and the excitement is unparalleled when a destination is a place like Goa. Usually, a holiday in Goa implies palm-fringed beaches with silvery white sand and dazzling waters. However, dig a little more, and you’ll be surprised to unearth a world of precious heritage gems in Goa.

The beautiful churches in Goa are one of the facets that stand tall in their magnificence and depict architectural marvels. Who says you need to go to Rome or any other European country to discover the stunning architecture of churches?

In this small but fantastic state of Goa, you can find churches that transport you to another era.

Architectural brilliance and historic importance shine through these top churches in Goa, where most of them were built under Portuguese dominance over Goa.

Visiting these beautiful churches in Goa can leave anyone spellbound due to their magnificence and grandeur depicted through their architecture and history. Some of the most famous Goa churches are located in Old Goa, 10km from the capital (Panjim).

This article portrays the top churches in Goa that have left an indelible mark on Goa’s history.

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Beautiful Churches in Goa

1.The Basilica of Bom Jesus

Every Goa travel guide will definitely mention this Basilica, one of the must-visit churches in Goa, for blessings. Travellers from all walks of life make it a point to visit this landmark.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus in goa

Situated in Old Goa, this World Heritage Monument is known for its remarkable architecture and contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church was built in the year 1605.

The saint’s mortal remains are housed in a silver casket and perched atop a three-tier marble tomb, and the fact that the remains are preserved even after so many years draws both devotees and tourists from all over the world.

Location: Old Goa Road, Goa

Timings: Sunday Mornings-8 am to 9:15 am, Evening-6 pm

Weekday Mornings-7 am to 8 am

Which church is opposite to Basilica of Bom Jesus?

Se Cathedral is located just opposite the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Why is Basilica of Bom Jesus famous?

This Jesuit church was India’s first minor Basilica, considered one of India’s finest examples of baroque and Portuguese Colonial architecture. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World of Portuguese origins.

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2.Se Cathedral Church

Constructed in the mid-16th century, this is one of the largest churches in Old Goa and is devoted to St. Catherine of Alexandria.

It took almost eight years to construct this church. Visit this church to marvel at its architectural splendor and the stunning views it offers of the surroundings.

Se Cathedral in goa

This location possesses a very vivid spiritual aura due to the presence of the Great Golden Bell and the Golden Rose, which was presented to Pope Francis as a blessing.

This place is also blessed with adjacent shopping destinations of Goa.

Location: Velha, Goa

Timing: 7.30 am to 6 pm (every day)

3.Church of St Francis of Assisi

This church is one of the top churches in Goa due to its distinctive structure and the unique combination of Tuscan, Baroque, and Corinthian architecture.

Church of St Francis of Assisi

The interiors feature murals that depict scenes from the life of St. Francis. The ornamented screens and the carved woodwork display the grandeur of the building. The church has a museum that displays paintings, sculptures, and artefacts.

Location: Velha, Goa

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4.Church of our Lady of the Mount

Located on the ‘Monte’, the Church of Our Lady of the Mount is one of the well-known churches in Goa. This church was built by the Portuguese general Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510.

Church of our Lady of the Mount

This oldest chapel in Goa hosts the Monte Music Festival, a four-day celebration of Indian and Western Music performances by talented and deft musicians. The church also offers astonishing views of the Mandovi River and Divar Island.

The church has also been featured in Bollywood movies like “All the Best” and “ Zeher”.

Location: Ella, Goa

Timing: weekdays-9 am to 7 pm

Sundays-9 am to 12 pm

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5.Church of St. Cajetan

Your south Goa tour won’t be completed without visiting this beautiful church. Adjacent to Se Cathedral, this church has impressive architecture and interior.

Church of St. Cajetan

This church replicates St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. The church attracts thousands of admirers worldwide, impressively depicting the glorious Portuguese era through its Corinthian architecture and Baroque carvings.

Location: Velha, Goa

Timing: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

6.Mae De Deus Church

Mae De Deus Church is the only Neo-Gothic church in Goa, with flawless white walls and a design that resembles a castle. This church’s stunning gilded and carved ornamentation, including the miraculous Mae De Deus Statue, is gorgeous when illuminated at night.

Mae De Deus Church

Most admirers flock to this church at night. Many famous beaches surround this church of North Goa.

Location: Chogm Rd, Saligao, Goa

Timing: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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7.Diogo’s Church

It is one of the most beautiful and top churches in Goa, built by patron St. Diogo in a Neo-Roman style. The church has three bells, three entrances, and five baroque altars, making it one of the distinct churches of North Goa.

Diogo’s Church

Location: Guirim, Goa

Timing: Weekdays-7 am

Sunday-7 am, 9 am, 10:15 am

8.Santa Cruz Church

The Santa Cruz Church started as a small place of worship and grew into one of the largest parishes in Goa over time. Inspired by the Neo-Roman style, this church amalgamates Indian and European culture, portraying Goa’s magnificent history.

Santa Cruz Church

This church, also known as Holy Cross Church, was built by Portugal’s King’s recommendation to inspire people to accept Christianity.

Location: Santa Cruz, Goa

Timing: Weekdays-6:30 am and 7:15 am

Sundays-6:30 am, 7:15 am, 9 am, 10 am, and 5:30 pm

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9.Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

Situated in Panaji, it is one of the oldest gems of Goa. The church attracts people with its unique and innovative architecture.

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

It appears distinctly due to the two flights of steps that zigzag across the hillside on which the church is located.

Thousands of devotees gather here on 8th December when the church is adorned with colorful lights, and fairs are organized to celebrate the occasion.

Location: Altinho, Panaji

Timing: 7 am to 5.30 pm (every day)

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10.Church of Our Lady of The Rosary

This church has a significant historical significance as it is the oldest church in North Goa. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this church was built by Afonso de Albuquerque to show his gratitude for defeating the armies of the Deccan Sultanate of Bijapur.

Church of Our Lady of The Rosary

It is the place where St. Francis Xavier gave his first sermon when he came to Goa. The church has a more fortified appearance with rounded towers and early Portuguese architecture.

Location: Bainguinim, Goa

Timing: Sunday-9:30 am

Rest of the days-7:30 am

11.Three Kings Chapel

Located on a hill, this church embraces visitors with astonishing coastline views and lush greenery.

This church depicts a tale of insatiability and jealousy through the presence of malevolent energy there. The church has many ghostly and mysterious legends that entice people to visit this place once.

Three Kings Chapel

This church is also listed among the top haunted places in Goa. It also offers you to enjoy mesmerizing views of sunset and sunrise. This place is highly appreciated by Bollywood film makers.

Location: Muder, Cansaulim, Goa

12.Alex Church

Among all churches of Goa, St. Alex Church is famous for its unique architectural design. The church has two towers and a spectacular dome in the middle.

Alex Church

Being one of the oldest churches in Goa, this church is dedicated to St. Alex and Our Lady. It stands out with its seven altars and elaborate grotto.

It was built on the old Hindu temple site of Ravalnath, whose ruins can still be seen around the church. The church hosts numerous feasts throughout the year.

Location: Bardez Taluka, Calangute, Goa

Timing: Weekdays-6:45 am, 7:45 am, 5 pm

Sundays-6:15 am, 7:30 am, 8:45 am, 5 pm

13.Andrew’s Church

Situated in Panaji, this church is famous for its white façade and Neo-gothic architectural design. St.Andrew’s Church is one of the most-visited attractions in Panaji, with a pure golden tinge to its interior and well-maintained grottos.

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The church got its name from the patron saint of fishermen, St. Andrew. The church has a school inside its premise.

Location: Vasco Da Gama

Timing: Weekdays-5.30 am to 7 am, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Sundays-5.30 am to 7 am, 9 am to 5 pm

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14.Clara’s Church

If you are looking for the oldest church in Goa, St. Clara’s Church will meet your expectations. Surrounded by lush greenery, this church is one of the prime attractions of Goa.

Clara’s Church

When visited during the day, its stunning architecture and white exteriors create a surreal scene.

The church’s history was not peaceful, as it was attacked and demolished several times by the Marathas. However, it was refurbished every time. The church organizes healing sessions, which attract many visitors.

Location: Assonora, Goa

Timing: Weekdays-6:45 am and Sundays-7 am and 8:30 am

15.Church of the Cross Miracles

This historical church is another monument of Goa. The church has a Miraculous Cross that possesses magical healing properties.

Church of the Cross Miracles

Visitors from all over the world flock to this church on the day of the feast to seek the blessings of the Holy Mother.

Location: Bainguinim, Goa

16.Chapel of Saint Sebastian

This small white-colored church is a prime attraction of Panjim. This church is dedicated to St. Sebastian, who once cured many people from deadly diseases like plagues.

Chapel of Saint Sebastian

It is still believed that the chapel’s crucifix has magical powers and punishes evil and wrongdoers. It also rewards people for their deeds.

Location: Altinho, Panjim, Goa

Timing: Weekdays-6:45 am and Sundays-6:15 am, 7:30 am and 8:45 am

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17.Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church

Located on the shores of the Mandovi River, this church is a visual treat for visitors. Apart from the scenic beauty, its stunning architecture, glass windows and high vaulted ceiling make it one of the most beautiful churches in Goa.

Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church

Saint Nossa Senhora de Penha de Franca, a Spanish saint believed to have rescued the Portuguese from a dangerous situation on their journey to India, is the church’s patron saint.

Location: Britona Road, Bardez, Goa

18.Church of St. Anne

This church is dedicated to St. Anna and is particularly famous for its Christian architecture. The unique features of the church are the hollow walls, which allowed people to secretly walk in for confession.

Church of St. Anne

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a one-of-a-kind example of Indian Baroque architecture. Located on the Siridao River’s banks, the church has a whitewashed exterior and a cylindrical roof inside.

Location: Talaulim, Goa

19.Church of St. Augustine

Due to its lofty and ancient ruins, the St. Augustine Church is one of Goa’s many famous churches. Located near the Santa Monica Nunnery, the church has a tower that has proudly stood the test of time.

It used to be one of the largest and most beautiful churches in Goa, but it is now a ruin, deserted, and has lost its glory. You can still explore the amazing church ruins.

Church of St. Anne in Goa

Location: Velha, Goa

20.Elizabeth’s Church

St. Elizabeth’s Church is one of the Old Goa churches built in the elegant Mannerist style with extravagant features. The church has a Christ statue at the top, making it one of the most beautiful churches in Goa.

Churches in Goa - Elizabeth’s Church

Though the church was destroyed earlier in a storm, it is now well-maintained throughout the year for visitors.

Location: Ucassaim, Goa

Timing: Sundays & Saturdays-6 am to 7 am

Conclusion

A visit to these churches is a valuable part of your Goa itinerary. These well-known churches portray Goan culture and history. If you have visited them, please comment in the following section.

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FAQs

Is there any dress code for visiting churches in Goa?

Churches are the most sacred places in Goa. You should dress modestly and decently, ensuring you are not hurting any cultural beliefs or sentiments.

How many days are enough for travel in Goa?

Goa is brimming with many places and various tourist attractions. So, you need a minimum of 5-6 days to cover all the prime attractions of the place.