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Goa Churches – a Spellbinding blend of Art & History

By Sofia Jennie Subscribe to RSS | May 11th 2012 | Views:
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Goa is far famed for its wealthy past and rich cultural heritages. Stunning churches in Goa have been a fascination for travelers, epitomizing state’s rich colonial past. This article describes some most popular Goa churches.

If you think Goa travel is all about its scintillating beaches, think again. No doubt, tropical beaches in Goa entice travelers in hoards; amazing churches in the state have also been a fascination for history admirers from far and wide. Goa, a former Portuguese territory, is literally synonymous with churches, which have been a living testimony of its wealthy colonial past. Strategically built to spread Christianity in the state, Goa churches are superb and the must-visit attractions for tourists, particularly for those with sense of history and cultures. Architectural brilliance, historical significance and a unique religious ardor of these magnificent Goa churches can leave anyone spellbound.

Have a look on some most captivating Goa Churches:

Basilica of Bom Jesus: Designated as a World Heritage Site, this wonderful church is one of the most popular historical landmarks in Goa. It’s situated in Old Goa, and is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier – a Patron saint of Goa. Built of black laterite stone, this three storey structure is an amazing blend of Doric, Corinthian and Composite style of architecture. The interior of church is noteworthy due to its simplicity and alluring Mosaic-Corinthian style of architecture.

Se Cathedral Church: Dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria, this magnificent edifice is located in Old Goa – about 9km from the capital city Panaji. Stand enormous with its size, structure and spiritualism, this Goan Church reflects the wealth, power and fame of Portuguese. Se Cathedral Church was constructed in mid-16th century, and it took eight years to build this church.

Church of St Augustine: This beautiful church is located on the Holy Hill of Old Goa, and is a popular tourist attraction in Goa. 46-meter high, Church of St Augustine looks stunning. However, today just the remnants of the church are available. This majestic edifice was constructed in 1602 with the combined efforts of 12 Augustinians.

Church of St Francis: A stunning structure located in Old Goa, Church of St Francis of Assisi attracts a large number of Goa travelers. This magnificent building boasts a classic architecture design along with excellent art work on its walls. There are two wonderful statues: one of St Francis of Assisi and the other of Jesus on the cross, in the church. This captivating building in Old Goa was built during 1517-1521 AD.

St Paul Church: Visit here and you get explore amazing architectural design along with mesmeric spiritualism and serenity. The St, Paul Church is located in Old Goa, and is an alluring tourist spot of the state. This lovely church was built with a combined effort of two priests – Diogo de Borba and Miguel Vaz.

When you’re on a Goa holiday, don’t miss to visit these amazing edifices. Pan your Goa tour perfectly with a reputed travel agent. A wide range of Goa packages are available online.

Sofia Jennie - About Author:
Hungry Bags is a renowned travel agency offering a variety of Goa packages to ensure travelers stress-free holiday at Goa bes. A wide range of Goa hotels deals are also available at company’s website.

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