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5 must see churches in Old Goa

Just under 12km east of Panjim along the Mandovi River, Old Goa is a must see for anyone interested in learning more about the history of the state and its rich yet turbulent past.

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Photo courtesy of Faiza Sheikh

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, the basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

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2. Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi

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Built in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, together with a convent, was established by eight Portuguese Franciscan friars who landed in Goa in 1517.

3. The Chapel of St. Catherine

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4. Church of St. Cajetan

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5. Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

Photo courtesy of Benjamins Lichtwerk

Finally, head up the hill to this charming little chapel exactly at sunset to watch the sun put on a stunning display of colours seen through the mining boats in Mandovi.

Also worth visiting in Old Goa...

Museum of Christian Art

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Reputed to be the only one of its kind in whole of Asia, the museum is located in the Convent of Santa Monica, Old Goa, in the vicinity of World Heritage Monuments.

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