Goa is the center of a lot of World Heritage Monuments. A very prominent site is Old Goa. Old Goa boasts of more than 13 churches situated in the vicinity. Some of the churches here go back to nearly the 15th Century.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world since it contains the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. It is one of the more prominent Churches in Old Goa. A former pupil of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, St. Francis Xavier made missionary voyages in the east that became a legend.
Apart from the richly gilded altars, the interior of the church is remarkable for its simplicity, and this is the only church, which is not plastered on the outside.
The largest of the churches at Old Goa. This Cathedral has five bells. The existing tower houses a famous bell, one of the largest in Goa and often referred to as 'Golden Bell' on account of its rich sound. The main altar is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, and old paintings on either side of it depict scenes from her life and martyrdom.

Church Of Mae De Deus, Saligao in Bardez is vaulted in shape which makes it very attractive. The Church boasts of a primitive style of Gothic architecture. To add to the serenity in its totality there are 2 lofty bells seen inside the Church tower.

Shrine Of The Holy Cross is situated in Bambolim. The church is also referred to as the church of flowers. This is because the white cross at the entrance of the Church is forever decorated by big flower garlands and candles. On any day at the Shrine you will find loads of people making pilgrimages at the Cross. People even offer masses and novenas for favors granted.

In Panjim or Panjim, as Goa's capital is called today, the oldest church is dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. It was built in the year 1606. Every year the feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated on the 8th of December and it's when the entire Panjim city wears a festive look.

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