Goa was a Portuguese colony since the 1500s, when they first arrived on Indian soil. They left only in the year 1961, leaving behind a legacy of their culture, food, traditions and a heavy influence in Goa. A remarkable Portuguese feature seen all over Goa is the European styled architecture – structures, buildings, churches! The Portuguese facade is evident and much appreciated. Here are some heritage structures and churches that marvel the Portuguese influence in the region.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
A historic Roman Catholic Basilica located in Old Goa, this is one of the oldest churches in Goa & houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
A cathedral located in Old Goa, this was built in dedication to St. Catherine. It is famous for its massive bell known as the ‘Golden Bell’.
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
A historic Roman Catholic Church located in Old Goa, is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. However, it is no longer used as a place of worship.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church
A beautiful historic Roman Catholic Church located on a hill in Panjim, was built in memory of Virgin Mary. It houses an ancient bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins on Holy Hill.
Church of St. Cajetan
A picturesque historic Roman Catholic Church is dedicated to St. Cajetan. This is famous for its architecture that resembles the St. Peter Basilica in Rome.
Chapel of St. Catherine
It is a simple historic Roman Catholic Chapel located in Old Goa, North Goa & is dedicated to St. Catherine. It was the first chapel to be built in Goa & currently, it is no longer in use.
Church of St. Augustine
This forms a part of a ruined church complex located in Old Goa, North Goa & is dedicated to Our Lady of Grace. Its ruined belfry tower is one of the most spectacular of all monuments in Goa & it houses the relics of St. Ketevan.
Church of St. Anne
It is a historic Roman Catholic Church located in Talaulim, Tiswadi, North Goa & is dedicated to St. Anne. It is famous for its beautiful facade & excellent architecture.
Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount
A historic Roman Catholic Chapel located on a hill in Old Goa, North Goa. It has been the backdrop of many Bollywood movies & is a must visit.
Reis Magos Church
A beautiful historic Roman Catholic Church located in Verem, Bardez, North Goa & is dedicated to St. Jerome. It is famous for its relief carving of the Three Magi Kings made from different coloured woods.
Braganza House (Casa Braganca)
A colonial era mansion located in Chandor, South Goa. It was built in the 17th century & is one of the oldest & biggest Portuguese mansion of its kind in Goa.
Fontainhas is an heritage colonial quarter located in Panjim, North Goa. It maintains its traditional Portuguese influence through its architecture.