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Basilica of Bom Jesus  

  Goa , Goa.
FREE

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    1 - 2 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • snacks counter
    Snacks counter
    Available
  • tour guide
    Guided Tour
    Available
  • photographer
    Photographer
    Available
  • staircase
    Staircase
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • cctv
    Cctv
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is located in Goa it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. located 10 km east of Panaji, along the Mandovi river, is the town of Old Goa, where lie some of India’s greatest churches and among them, the most popular and the most revered by Christians worldwide is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. The Basilica, dedicated to Infant Jesus, has been declared a World Heritage Monument now. 'Bom Jesus' means 'Infant Jesus' or 'Good Jesus'. Renowned throughout the Catholic world, the 16th century cathedral is India's first Minor Basilica, and is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. The layout follows simple Renaissance norms while the detailing and decoration is unabashed Baroque. It's an opulent structure which incorporates white marble and has beautifully gilded altars decorated with frescoes and inlay work.

The Basilica houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa who died in 1552. The mortal remains of the saint were gifted to the church by Cosimo de Medici III, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Today, the embalmed body lies in an airtight glass coffin positioned in a silver casket crafted by a 17th century Florentine sculptor, Giovanni Batista Foggini. In accordance with his wishes, his remains were transferred to Goa the following year after his death. It is said that, while transferring, the saint's body was found to be as fresh as the day it was buried. This miraculous phenomenon continues to attract the devout from all lands, and an 'Exposition' or public viewing of his body happens, once every decade, to allow pilgrims to view it. The saint is believed to have miraculous powers of healing, and pilgrims come from all over the world to offer prayers. The silver casket is lowered for public viewing only during the public exposition. Last exposition was in 2004.

Intricately carved basalt embellishments make it one of the richest facades in Goa. The layout follows simple Renaissance norms while the detailing and decoration is unabashed Baroque. The mausoleum of St. Xavier is a marvel of Italian art (the marble base) and Hindu craftsmanship (the silver casket). The elaborately gilded altars are beautiful examples of sculptures and carvings in wood, stone, gold and granite. Columns are covered with marble and inlaid with precious stones. The church also houses paintings depicting the life of St. Francis Xavier. Visitors are overcome by the deep spirituality and tranquility of the place. Every year thousands of people visit the cathedral especially in December. A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to the revered Basilica.


Tips

  • If you want to get full knowledge about the Basilica of Bom Jesus Hire a guide at the entrance. He will charge 100 INR for 15 minutes walk through. Totally Worth it.
  • Religious Services are from Monday to Sat are scheduled from 6.30 AM to 9.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 6.30 PM and on Sundays 6.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 6.30 PM. So avoid visiting in these times as you may have difficulty in entering the Church. Unless you will be Participating in the Eucharistic Celebration.
  • You are allowed to click as many pictures as you want inside this place, however, you are not supposed to pose in front of any of the things inside, hence please refrain from doing so to maintain the sanctity of this place.

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wednesday 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Thursday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Last Admission 06:15 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

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    Hospital
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  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
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  • hotel
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  • shopping mall
    Shopping Mall
    1.0 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.2 KM
  • train
    Train
    2.1 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    0.2 KM
  • beach
    Beach
    13.1 KM

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