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Basilica of Bom Jesus - Old Goa, Goa: 26 reviews and 59 photos
Most well known fact about this church is that is houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit Order and Patron saint of Goa. This is the only church in Old Goa without a plaster finish. Apparently a zealous Portuguese conservationist stripped off the plaster in 1950 believing that the church would be strengthened if exposed to the elements. Despite convincing evidence of the contrary-no one has gotten around to fixing it.
The cathedral was finished in 1605, just 11 years of building. The front facade has many different architectural styles in its columns and the inscription "IHS". The layout is standard and the reredo's behind the altar quite nice. Just to the right of the altar is the remains of St. Francis Xavier. They bring out the remains for public display about every 10 years. Lately, they have been rethinking this as the minute exposure is beginning to make the remains, which have remained in tact up to now, deterioriate.
The remains are held in quite an ornate catafalque made of marble, jasper, and silver.
The House of the Jesuits is next door to the basilica and is the place where the Jesuit missions to the east began.
Address: Old Goa Rd, Near Gandhi Circle, Old Goa, Goa, 403402, India
Directions: Across the street from the Se and St. Francis Assisi cathedrals.
Phone: 0832 228 5790
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