The monuments of Goa are brilliance of architecture, an embodiment of a rich culture and they narrate a beautiful tale of an era gone by. Enjoy the sightseeing of some of the best forts and monuments of Goa like Basilica De Bom Jesus, St. Augustine’s Tower and Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Basilica De Bom Jesus, Goa, India
This UNESCO World Heritage Site which is an excellent example of Baroque architecture is a church situated in Old Goa. In the year 1605 Basilica of Bom Jesus was constructed and all over the world it is one of the most important destinations for Christian pilgrims. Mortal remains of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier is one of the most important attractions of this Church.
Opening and Closing Time of the Church
- Sunday: 10.30 am to 6.30 pm
- Weekdays: 9.00 am to 6.30 pm
- Masses: Sundays 8.00 am & 9.15 am
- Weekdays: 7.00 am & 8.00 am
- Entrance Fee - Free Entry
Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Goa, India
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi built in the year 1660 by the Portuguese is a heritage construction and was built as a chapel but was later on given the status of a church. Now a part of Old Goa, the church possesses impressive architecture, and has some remarkable sculptures and paintings within its complex.
Opening Closing Time of the Church
St. Augustine’s Tower of Goa, India
Church of St. Augustine was built in 1602. In 1835 due to religious suppression the Church was deserted and the only ruin of the Church of St. Augustine on the Holy Hill at Old Goa near the Nunnery is a lofty 46-metre high tower defying the torrential rains. The tower is one of the four of St. Augustine Church that once stood there. There were eight richly adorned chapels and four altars, and a convent with numerous cells and artistic columns attached to the church.
The Church when undamaged was perhaps the biggest in Goa. The Augustinians deserted the church and the convent with the religious suppression in 1835. For some time the latter was used by the charitable institution of the Misericordia. On 8 September 1842 the buildings fell into neglect resulting in the collapse of the vault. The following year the Government appropriated the property by selling the materials. In 1931 the façade and half of the tower fell and in 1938some more parts of it collapsed.
Aguada Fort of Goa, India
Constructed in 1612 by the Portuguese who feared an attack from the Marathas and the Dutch, Aguada Fort stands tall as one of the most known representatives of the Goan history. The fort had a fresh water spring that helps in fulfilling the water requirements of all those who used to pass through the place. For all the important operations of the Portuguese the giant fort served as a crucial point.
Chapora Fort of Goa, India
Chapora Fort is located around ten kilometres north of Mapusa. The fort was built on the southern headland of the Chapora River by the Adil Shah of Bijapur. In 1617 on the same site the red-laterite citadel crowning the rock bluff was rebuilt by the Portuguese. The view of the crumbling ruin today from the walls withup and down the coast is still superb.
The fort is open daily. Between 9:00 am to 7:00 pm is the best time to visit the fort.
Arvalem Caves of Goa, India
Goa is also one of the most sought after destinations for heritage architectures apart from the admirable beaches and waterfalls. Since Goa is an ancient state and so the architecture found here are also very ancient. “Arvalem Caves” or the "Pandava Caves" are beautiful example of the historical monuments present in Goa. These caves are situated in the Bicholim town of North Goa. These caves are ancient rock cut caves that give us a chance to step into the mythological tales. The origin of these caves dates back to the 6th century.