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Bring in Christmas at these beautiful churches in Goa

Throw a stone in Goa and it will touch a church or a chapel. Beyond the beaches and the seafood, one of the biggest draws of the state is its churches. If you are in Goa for the festival, make your way to one of these churches at midnight and enjoy a special Mass. Stay till the end and you can participate in a game of housie or partake in coffee and cake while wishing people a Merry Christmas!

The best time to visit any church is Christmas season. The month of December has Goa’s churches dress up in twinkling lights, stars, and elaborate cribs. There are the popular ones: the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, the picturesque Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, the hilltop Church of Our Lady of the Mount and the neo-Gothich Mae de Deus Church in Saligao.

Here are some of the state’s lesser known but yet beautiful churches.

Our Lady of Piety Church, Divar Island

The Church of Our Lady of Compassion or Our Lady of Piety is located atop a hill in Piedade on Divar Island. Originally a chapel in 1541, it was rebuilt in 1625 and construction of the present church was completed in 1724. A Goan priest designed the structure, which is considered the first Christian structure on the island. The white church has Indian baroque style, with carved motifs, Baroque altars and stucco work. The altar has paintings depicting the life of St. Francis of Assisi.