Churches in Goa

Though people visit Goa for its beaches and the tropical climate, they are mesmerised by the sheer beauty, vibe and radiance of the state itself. One of the major reasons for such a captivating phenomenon is the perfect blend of European architecture with the native Goan alterations. The best way to explore the history of Goa and to be spellbound by the true self of Goa is by the Churches in Goa that await for the listeners to tell their stories. Goa happens to be a haven for architectural enthusiasts with some of the best examples of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Roman and many other elegant styles of architecture engraved in its Historic Churches. Apart from the imperishable beauty, there is the undeterred devotion of people that inspire the generations to come. Behold these wonders that stand as beacons of hope and joy and everything good.

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Here is the list of 20 Churches in Goa

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

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This historic church is located in Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. Up until half a century ago, Goa was the capital of Portuguese rule in India and this is part of their heritage.
Location
Old Goa Rd, Bainguinim, Goa
Open Time
Monday - Thursday 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM and Sunday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Mass Timing
Monday - Saturday at 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM Sunday at 8:00 AM and 9:15 AM

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2. Se Cathedral

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One of the largest churches in whole Asia, Se Cathedral took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers in the city.
Location
Velha, Goa
Open Time
Everyday from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Mass Timing
Sunday – 7:30 AM, 10 AM, and 4 PM
Weekday – 7:30 AM and 6 PM

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3. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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In the heart of the capital city of Panajim, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful church lying on a hilltop. You need to climb up quite a few stairs to get to the church.
Location
Panjim, Goa
Open Time
Everyday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mass Timing
Everyday from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

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4. Church of St. Cajetan, Goa

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This church has a major resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. On the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St. Clare and the right-side altars are dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Though the building is 300 years old, it has been wonderfully preserved. It is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.
Location
Velha, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mass Timing
Every day from 7:00 AM to 12:00 noon and 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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5. Church of St Francis of Assisi

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This is the famous landmarks of Goa and is the oldest church located in Panajim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.
Location
Velha Goa
Open Time
Weekdays from 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 5 PM (English)
Sunday – 9 AM & 11 AM (English) and 5 PM (Konkani)

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6. Mae De Deus Church, Goa

Housing the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) which was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa, this church in Saligao stands as one of the finest examples of the neo-gothic style of architecture. The church is situated in the amazing surroundings of the typical Goan countryside giving it the look of a castle from a fairy tale. The church was built in the year 1873. The first Sunday of May is celebrated as the church feast, the feast of Our Lady, the Mother of God which is the best time to join the celebrations.
Location
Saligao, Bardez Taluk, North Goa
Open Time
Everyday 9:00 AM to 12:30 AM and from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mass Timing
Mon to Sat – 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM
Sun – 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM

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7. Chapel of St Catherine, Goa

Chapel of St Catherine is a 16th-century historic chapel which was built over a Cathedral in 1552 on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after the Portuguese conquered the state. The splendid Renaissance architecture in laterite and limestone is adorned by paintings and artworks that draw tourists every year.
Location
Old Goa, Panjim
Open Time
Every day from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

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8. St. John the Baptist Church, Goa

The church of St. John the Baptist was originally built near the shore and has been shifted to its present location on top of a hill known as Monte Benaulim in the year 1956. The church has one of the best constructed and most beautiful altars with a whitewash that charms everyone to visit the place once. The church is well known for the annual feast Sao Joao too. Celebrated on June 24th, Sao Joao is one festival which is as entertaining and pompous as the Carnival. It starts off as a Mass held at the church and then, the youth of Goa do something amazing; get drunk and jump into wells and streams, while singing 'Viva San Joao'.
Location
Benaulim, Goa
Open Time
Weekdays from 9 AM to 6 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 7 AM (Konkani)
Sundays – 6:15 AM (Konkani) & 7:45 PM (Konkani)

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9. Three Kings Chapel, Goa

Our Lady of Remedios Chapel or the Three Kings Church is well known in Goa for its spooky activities. Just a 15 kms away from Margao, the church proves to be a great place to take a break from the beaches. This Church is located on a hill in Muder, Cansaulim in Goa and has a breathtaking view from its compound. It is believed that the bodies of the three Portuguese Kings are buried under the church and rumour has it that the restless souls of the kings dwell the church at night. It is advised to visit the church during the day. The church is kept closed throughout the year except for the 6th of January every year. This is the day when the three kings had their "Last Supper" and the day has been called the three kings day ever since.
Location
Muder, Cansaulim, South Goa
Open Time
6th January every year

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10. Church Of Our Lady of Miracles, Goa

Church Of Our Lady of Miracles is a 16th century Church built by the Portuguese. The Church was initially dedicated to St. Jerome, therefore, it is also known as St. Jerome Church. Since the Portuguese destroyed a number of Hindu monuments to promote Christianity, it is believed that the church is built over a temple. The structure was destroyed in a fire around mid-1900. After the renovation, it was renamed as Church of Our Lady of Miracles.
Location
Sanguem, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 04:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Sundays – 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM

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11. Santa Cruz Church, Goa

A place that started as a small place of worship, the Holy Cross church in the village of Santa Cruz now happens to be the largest parish in Goa. The church was built in 1957 on a recommendation of the King of Portuguese to help convert people to Christianity. The church has been built in the Neo-Roman style of architecture with perfect blends of Indian and Europian culture. The feast of the church is held every year in the first week of May and is the best time to visit.
Location
Santa Cruz, Goa.
Open Time
Everyday 6 AM to 6 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays: 6:30 AM and 7:15 AM
Sundays: 6:30 AM, 7:15 AM, 9 AM, 10 AM, and 5:30 PM

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12. Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount, Goa

Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount is a 16th-century church famous for its religious significance and picturesque location. The church is located on a hilltop amidst thick natural vegetation giving a splendid view of old Goa from atop. The structure is now partly in ruins and closed for daily exploration, but an evening mass is held on 8th of every month. The church is also open for the public during the Monte Music Festival and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier every year.
Location
Ella, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 9 AM to 7 PM
Sundays – 9 AM to 12 PM

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13. Church Of the Holy Spirit, Goa

Church Of the Holy Spirit is a 17th-century structure built by the Portuguese. The site initially had a shrine dedicated to a Hindu deity, Lord Damodar, which was destroyed by the Portuguese before the church was erected. It was further destroyed a number of times by the Muslim Army until finally the structure that currently exists was built in 1675. The monument is famous for its splendid architecture and religious significance.
Location
Borda, Margao, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 04:00 PM to 07:00
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:30 AM to 7 PM
Sundays – 6:30 AM to 12 PM

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14. Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca, Goa

Church Of Nossa Senhora De Penha De Franca is dedicated to a Spanish Saint. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese seamen sailing to India. They strongly believed that Penha De Franca cured them when they were affected by plague and considered the Saint as the protector of their ships. The attraction is now considered a monument of national heritage and is also famous for its picturesque location on the banks of the confluence of River Mapusa and River Mandovi.
Location
Pomburpa, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM

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15. Holy Cross Shrine, Goa

Well known all around Goa as Fulancho Khuris i.e. Cross of Flowers in Bambolim witnesses visitors all day all night without regards to the weather. The Holy Cross Shrine stands right behind this miraculous cross. Compared to the other churches in North Goa, the Holy Cross Shrine is a more recent construct. The Shrine was built recently in 1996 forming a protective barrier around the Miraculous Cross.
Location
Bambolim, Siridao, Goa
Open Time
Everyday 9 AM to 7 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 5:30 AM (Konkani ) 5 PM (Konkani) 7:30 AM (Konkani)
Sundays – 7:20 AM (Konkani), 10 AM (Konkani – Chapters Mass)

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16. St. Andrew's Church, Goa

The Church of St. Andrew's was first founded and built in 1570 and inaugurated with pompous celebrations. The original building of the church was later destroyed by Adil Shah's soldiers in 1578. The present building is a result of the architectural amalgamation over the years since 1594. The Neo-Gothic style is the most prominent part of the design features that we see in the church today. The most recent changes and inclusions were in the year 2010 with the long extended prayer halls. The church has the pure white all around and the grottos are beautifully maintained in gold tinge and there is a statue of Lady of Fathima carved in marble. The port town - Vasco da Gama celebrates the feast of St Andrew on 30th of November and the town rejoices and comes together to celebrate the patron saint of spinsters and fishermen.
Location
Vaddem, Vasco Da Gama, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 9 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 7 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays: 5:30 AM to 7 AM, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 5:30 AM to 7 AM, 9 AM to 5 PM

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17. Our Lady of the Lourdes Church, Goa

The Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utorda was originally a chapel at Utorda built in 1892. The Utorda chapel was then elevated to be a church in 1894 as an affiliate of the parish of Majorda and was later made a parish in 1976. The church is built in a Neo-Roman architecture in white facade with a bell hanging on top of it. The painted glass makes the church more tranquil and peaceful. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Patron saint of the Utorda church is celebrated on 14th November every year.
Location
Utorda, Majorda, Goa.
Open Time
Every day from 9 AM to 6 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:30 AM
Sunday – 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 5 PM

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18. St. Clara's Church, Goa

One of the oldest churches in Goa, St. Clara?s Church stands as an example of not giving up. The church was destroyed several times but later reconstructed every time by the villagers. The church is a beacon of hope and strength to many followers and visitors alike. The church is surrounded by lush green forests and has a pure white exterior which gives it a fairy-tale like impression. The feast of St. Clara Church is celebrated on 2nd Saturday of May that is 14th May every year
Location
Assonora, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 9 AM to 12 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:45 AM (Konkani)
Sundays – 7 AM (Konkani) 8:30 AM (Konkani & English on the 2nd Sunday)

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19. Chapel of St Sebastian, Goa

Built in the early 19th century, Chapel of St Sebastian marks an important attraction in Fontainhas. The pristine white structure is dedicated to St. Sebastian who treated the ones affected by plague and other diseases. The church houses a crucifix where one can find Christ's eyes are open for striking fear into the minds and hearts of the wrongdoers. The church sees a number of visitors to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament.
Location
Altinho, Panjim, Goa
Open Time
Every day from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM and 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:45 AM
Sunday – 6:15 AM, 7:30 AM and 8:45 AM

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20. Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary, Goa

Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary is one of the oldest churches in the region and is now considered as a World Heritage Site. The church was built on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after Goa was conquered by the Portuguese. The captivating design of the church was inspired by Gasper Correia and has a gothic style main altar dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary.
Location
Gawli Wada, Fatorda, Margao
Open Time
Every day from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Mass Timing
Weekdays – 6:15 AM to 9:00 PM
Sundays – 6:15 AM to 9:15 PM

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The State of Goa has witnessed some very harsh days in its past and has stood together to survive to the new dawn. These Churches in Goa stand evidence of those struggles and overwhelm every person who visits with the charm that never fades.

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