It’s for the history enthusiasts, as it’s for the wandering traveller – if you want to feel the grandeur of the bygone past and soak up in some ethnic Portuguese flavour or admire the splendid architecture of yore, head on for the majestic Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and Church and Convent of St Francis of Assisi, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Church of St. Augustine in Old Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus is the final resting place of Goa’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier. The first church in Goa – Our Lady of the Rosary- was built by Afonso Albuquerque, the founder of Goa. He also built the Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia, which took 80 years to complete.
Located at about 10 kilometres east of Panjim city, the city of old Goa can be accessed from Chorao by a ferry. The UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is filled with huge churches and convents that invite awe and admiration, a testament of the grand bygone era.