Bom Jesus Church Goa History
Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most popular and renowned churches of Goa. It is a must visit spot in Goa. This church is dedicated to Infant Jesus. Tourists all over the world come here for its religious associations and also to praise its beautiful interior. It is also known for its architecture. This Church is recognized as the world Heritage Monument by UNESCO. It is located at a distance of about 10 km from Panaji in Old Goa. It is situated on banks of River Mandovi.
History of Bom Jesus Church
In the Bom Jesus Church, the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, who is Goa’s patron saint are preserved. He died on his trip to China in the year 1552. It is the only Church in Goa which has not been plastered from Outside. Its foundation stone was laid out on by Fr. Alexia de Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa and Primate of India on 24th November in 1594. The construction of the Church completed on 15 May 1605. It also received the status of a Minor Basilica in the year 1946.
On every ten years, the body of Francis Xavier’s is displayed at the Bom Jesus on his death anniversary for the public.
Timings of Bom Jesus Church
On weekdays it is open from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. And on Sundays, it is open from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
Holy hour is celebrated at 5 pm on the first Friday of the month. There is free Entry. There is also an Art Gallery Attached to it.