Old Goa Church View

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa | Bom Jesus Basilica | Goencho Saib

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa | Bom Jesus Basilica | Goencho Saib


Basilica of Bom Jesus-Inside the Church

Bom Jesus’ means ‘Infant Jesus’ or ‘Good Jesus’. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a Roman Catholic basilica located in Old Goa, the former capital of Portuguese India.

Renowned at some stage in the Catholic world, the sixteenth-century cathedral is India’s first Minor Basilica, and is taken into consideration as one of the satisfactory examples of baroque structure in India.

It’s a luxurious shape that includes white marble and has superbly gilded altars adorned with frescoes and inlay work.

The maximum famed church in Goa, it’s far very huge and one of the oldest church buildings in India. It is in antique Goa and the place is straightforward to find. It is a cathedral that holds the remains and relics of St. Francis Xavier for more than 400 years plus.

The body is placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket.

The body is preserved without any chemical formulas and also It is brought down once every 10 years.

But one can visit the Church at given timings and can view the Relic from a distance.

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa | Bom Jesus Basilica | Goencho Saib


Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa Architecture

It is an amazing construction and the church is really beautiful from inside to outside, an absolute jewel of history.

The Baroque altar, beautiful wooden carvings, and other paintings make the interiors of the Chapel and art gallery very fascinating and interesting to tour.

The architectural scale is huge and the proportion is precise. The architecture is so blissful.

It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World and an iconic monument that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Where is the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa?

It is located in Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim. The distance from Panjim is about 12km, approximately a little over 20 min. driving.

And from Margao via NH 66 is a 34km distance and it can take a little about one hours drive.

The closest railway station is the Karmali station which is just about 10min.


Basilica of Bom Jesus Timings

There are no fixed timings the schedules of mass timings change therefore, make sure you check the timings when required.

Sunday – 8.00am, 9.15am and 6.00pm in Konkani, 10.15am in English

Mon to Sat – 7.00am, 8.00am and 6.00pm

The Basilica is open to the public for viewing and exploration at the following times:

Mon to Sat – 9.00 am to 6.30 pm

Sunday – 10.30 am to 6.30 pm

Basilica of Bom Jesus Goa-Church View


Dress Code

The church Authorities seems to be following the moral crusaders and thus new dress guidelines are incorporated.

The dress code shall be maintained revealing clothes such as sleeveless and shorts are not allowed. T. shirts with odd text should not be worn. Respect the ways of the church.


Is Old Goa Churches Open During the Pandemic?

Due to the Pandemic, the government of Goa has issued Covid guidelines for tourists visiting Goa. Passengers arriving in Goa shall carry a COVID negative test report done not more than 72 hours.

The churches are partially open all over Goa.


Is There Any Stall inside the Church to Purchase Holy items?

There is one main stall to purchase holy items of all kinds besides relics of St. Francis Xavier. You can find more stalls  around the other churches as well.


Parking Facility

Separate paid parking is available some 500 meters away from the church, besides free parking place is available little distance away.



Highly Recommended!

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations where people of all faith come to pray and find peace.

The Ambience is calm and Devotional

Mesmerizing and enchanting!


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