Basilica of Bom Jesus

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yarayarinha7 yarayari…
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Terribe Jan 22, 2013
Seriously... what did the Indians do with the old archaeological sites left by the Portuguese??

Well, they destroyed them all! It's revolting to see the end product of such stupidity.

While strolling around, I found the churches to look to "washed up" in white, it was so strange because that style of churches were supposed to have frescoes, tiles and old stones/tumbs on the ground...

So, we entered in one of the churches that was closed by the archaeological workers and saw the most horrific scene... a bunch of construction workers randomly painting all the walls and ceilings covered with ancient frescoes, with some cheap white color.

Literally, they listening loud bollywood music and painting over all the history, erasing all the frescoes, the ancient golden painting, etc...

I felt so upset with this. On another church, they covered the ground with some ugly bathroom type of tiles.... underneath, there's the ancient stones and graves, sculpted by hand the Portuguese, with the names of everyone who lived in there and was buried in there, the navigators, etc.

I was so upset i talked to the priest who confessed he was outraged with the whole situation, but could do nothing as the government ordered the destruction of the ancient frescoes and ground.

I took some photos, where we can still see the hand painted frescoes, the last site of them and I will make a formal complaint about this situation.

Visited January 2010
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Vikram Vikram
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India's most celebrated church in baroque architecture, with the body of St. Francis Xavier Nov 03, 2012
Enough has been said about one of Goa's top attractions and a UNESCO heritage site, but it's one of the rare places where, whilst it gets a lot of tourists and international coverage, it's also seen as a local favourite. Many Goan Christians still come to this day to attend mass (in English, Konkani and Portuguese).

A history of the place can be found at, so I won't get into the details. But I do have a lot of fond memories of this place. I first visited many years ago as I'd stepped into my teenage years, and the thought of going to a Church always excited me (despite my being Hindu). I guess it's the effect of a Roman Catholic upbringing back home in Zambia. So years after I last visited the place, it felt amazing to be back.

We reached around 6p, which in Nov is sunset time. There was a mass going on, but people were allowed to take one of the side routes to see the remains of St. Francis Xavier in an ornamental casket. Since my last visit to Goa which was well over a decade ago, I've seen quite a bit of the Christian world (mostly France and Spain) so it was amazing to see a church in India have the same standards as the European counterparts.

I made the mistake of visiting at night which means some of the pictures came out quite crass (plus no tripod), but I was, as always, amazed by the splendour and history of the place.

This place is definitely worth visiting in Goa, and for a taster of a cultural melting pot, visit one of the masses held in Konkani followed by one in Portuguese. Fascinating, as much as India is!
The ornamented entrance to the Chu…
Side shots of the corridors
The casket of St. Francis Xavier
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spocklogic says:
Nice collection of photos in low light conditions - they came out well I think. That's some impressive casket of Francis Xavier - off the charts!
Posted on: Apr 06, 2013
cotton_foam says:
Ok so how long are we gonna wait for the other details??
Posted on: Mar 31, 2013
couchdesurfer couchdes…
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The Basilica of Bom Jesus - mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier Feb 20, 2010
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Goa, The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, this was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule.

Construction work on the church began in 1594 and was consecrated in May of 1605 by Archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. This world heritage monument is a landmark in the history of Christianity. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier; a very close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola with whom he founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Francis Xavier died on the Sancian island while enroute to Continental China (December 2, 1552).

It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The remains of the saint still attract a huge number of devotees (Christian and non-Christian alike) from all over the world. The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing, and pilgrims come from all over the country.

This is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Marbled flooring and inlaid with precious stones. The interior of the church is simple. The church also holds paintings with scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. The mausoleum on the top of which is placed the silver casket with the body of St. Francis Xavier (1696) was the gift of the last of the Medicis, Cosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

The mausoleum was designed by the 17th century Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini which took ten years to complete. The casket containing his body is made of silver. His liturgical feast is celebrated on the 3rd of December every year. It’s a local holiday and people flock for the liturgical services.

The body of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a well decorated casket. It is open to the public everyday.
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Relics of St. Francis Xavier, the …
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Eric says:
Hi -- welcome to TravBuddy and thanks for sharing your review. However, please do not copy and paste content from other websites (i.e. wikipedia). Especially if that content is not your own.
Posted on: Feb 12, 2010

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