Here is a brief overview on some of the places to visit in Goa, especially Old Goa:
Basilica of Bom Jesus: Famous throughout the world is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Visited by a large number of tourists each year, the basilica is known for housing the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The interior of the church is steeped in simplicity yet quite remarkable. The marble tomb of St. Francis is contained in a silver casket. The construction of the church began in 1594 and was finished in 1605. This church is part of every traveler's itinerary of places to visit in Goa.
Convent and Church of St Francis Assisi: Constructed by eight Franciscan friars, this is one of the most interesting buildings in Old Goa. The interiors of the church is truly spectacular that features carved woodwork, old murals and ornamented screen. The murals are a depiction from th life of St. Francis. This church retains its architectural charm and is part of most of the Goa tourism tours.
Church of Saint Cajetan: Based on the original design of St. Peter's in Rome, Church of Saint Cajetan is one of the most wonderful churches that was built by Italian friars in the 17th century. The convent attached to the church is now turned into a college for the newly ordained priests.
Archeological Museum: This museum is situated at the back of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and contains wonderful sculpture fragments from Hindu temple sites in Goa. There are also two bronze statues of Portuguese poet Luiz Vaz de Camoes and Portuguese conqueror Afonso de Albuquerque. For those who love history, the walls of this town speak volumes. You can either hire a guide or explore on your own, either ways you are in for a treat.
Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary: One of the finest examples of Manueline architecture is this beautiful church the construction of which was finished in 1549. The architecture is a representation of Portugal's naval success in the form of nautical motifs. Among the various places to visit in Goa this should not be missed.
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