Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa - One of The Oldest Churches in India.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic basilica located in the Konkan region of Goa, India. It is both a pilgrimage centre and also the most iconic monument of all the churches and convents of Goa, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The basilica is located in Old Goa, former capital of Portuguese India. The Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in 1605 AD. The Basilica is home to the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier and is a monument typical of the classic forms of architecture introduced by the Society of Jesus, otherwise known as the Jesuits.
Bom Jesus the meaning in Portuguese is Good/ Infant Jesus. This Jesuit church is India's first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture and Portuguese Colonial architecture in India. This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and in India. The floor is of marble inlaid with precious stones. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple. The main altar holds a large statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and one of Francis Xavier's companions. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is more than 408 years old and is open to the public every day. The body of St. Francis Xavier is in a well-decorated casket. Solemn exhibitions of the 'body' are held every ten years. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World.
December is the most prime time to visit because of the festive season. St. Francis Xavier was a much loved saint who died on 3rd December and therefore, in Old Goa, every year, people assemble to participate in the feast.

Visiting Information

Address: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa 403402
Hours: 8:30am - 8pm (All Days)
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Phone: 0832 228 5790
Architectural style: Baroque architecture