The Bom Jesus Basilica, maybe Goa's most acclaimed church and among the most venerated by Christians around the world, is somewhat in remains yet at the same time a model of straightforwardness and style, and a fine case of Jesuit architecture.alt

This is the main church in Old Goa, which is not put all things considered, the lime mortar having been peeled off by an enthusiastic Portuguese preservationist in 1950.

Situated at Old Goa, 10 kilometers east of Panaji, the Bom Jesus Basilica is a World Heritage Monument.


The establishment stone of this astoundingly extensive church was laid on 24 November 1594 and the congregation was sanctified by Fr. Alexia de Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa and Primate of India blessed it when it was finished on 15 May 1605. In 1946 it was raised to the status of a minor Basilica.

The Order of Jesuits was stifled in 1759 and its property seized by the Portuguese State. The congregation was, however permitted to proceed with administrations.

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This great building remains as a wonderful case of Baroque design in Goa. The congregation is called "Bom Jesus" signifying 'great Jesus' or 'newborn child Jesus' to whom it is devoted. The façade has on it, at the top, the letters, "HIS" which are the initial three letters of Jesus in Greek.

The forcing veneer worked out of dark stone in a perfect mix of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is noteworthy for itsundefined straightforwardness. It gauges 183 ft in length,55 ft in breath, and 61 ft in tallness. The principle sacrificial stone is 54 ft high and 30 ft expansive. The columns and point of interest are cut from basalt which was brought from Bassein, nearly 300 kms away. The inside of the congregation is implicit Mosaico-Corinthian style and is exceptional for its enchanting effortlessness.

The rooftop was initially tiled. The congregation is cruciform on arrangement. The flying supports on the northern side of the congregation are late increments. A solitary storeyed structure abutting the congregation on its southern wing associates it with the Professed House.

The three-storeyed veneer of the Church demonstrates Ionic, Doric and Corinthian Orders, and has a principle passageway flanked by two littler ones, each having Corinthian sections supporting a pediment. There are two houses of prayer, a fundamental sacrificial stone and a sacristy other than a choir inside the Church itself. There is a steeple is at the back.

As one enters, underneath the choir, to the privilege is a holy place of St. Anthony and to one side is an exceedingly very much cut wooden statue of St. Francis Xavier. Amidst the nave on the northern divider is the cenotaph of the sponsor of this congregation, Dom Jeronimo Mascarenhas, the Captain of Cochin, who passed on in 1593, granting the assets out of which this congregation was assembled. The two sections supporting the choir bear pieces engraved in Portuguese and Latin the dates of start of development and the sanctification.


Inverse the cenotaph, anticipating on the southern divider is an abundantly cut wooden lectern with an overhang on top. The lectern has on its three sides the figures of Jesus, the four evangelists and four specialists of the congregation. The base of the podium delineates seven figures as if supporting it.

An anticipating display, which was planned for the utilization of dignitaries on serious events, keeps running along the two longer sides of the Church.

The primary sacrificial table toward the end of the nave is flanked by two adorned holy places in the transept, one devoted to Our Lady of Hope and the other to St. Michael. The luxuriously overlaid primary sacrificial table has the figure of newborn child Jesus or more it is a vast statue of St. Ignatius Loyola, originator of the request of Jesuits, looking with enthusiasm at an emblem on which is recorded "HIS". Over the emblem, the Holy trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are portrayed. In the transept on the northern side is the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

On the southern side in the transept is a house of prayer with overlaid turned segments and flower improvements of wood, where the hallowed relics of the assemblage of St. Francis Xavier are kept. The inside of this house of prayer is lavishly decorated with wooden carvings and sketches, portraying the scenes from the life of the Saint.

A lovely silver statue is kept before the coffin. The silver coffin, which serves as a reliquary containing the sacrosanct relics of the collection of St. Francis Xavier, is dazzlingly cut, and was once studded with valuable stones. The coffin is isolated on every side into seven boards, each of which has two plates speaking to in alleviation essential occurrences in the life of the holy person.

Bordering the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is a hallway that prompts the sacristy, entered through a stunningly cut wooden entryway. It is an elongated vaulted structure with an apse toward the end. Close by the dividers are kept the representations of different holy people above carefully cut dresser. In the sacrificial table at the apse in an iron mid-section containing a brilliant rose favored by the Pope Pius XII and talented to this city in 1953. At the foot of the sacrificial table is the grave of the organizer of the vestry, Balthazar da Veiga who kicked the bucket in 1659. A work of art giving a reasonable thought with regards to the condition of the assemblage of St. Xavier around a hundred years back is shown close to the sacrificial stone.

Inside the basilica the design is straightforward however excellent. A straightforward wooden one has now supplanted the first vaulted roof. To one side of the entryway as you enter the basilica is a statue of St. Francis Xavier, yet the guest's consideration is attracted to the immense and elaborate overlaid reredos which extends from floor to roof behind the holy place.

The Professed House

The Professed House of the Jesuits situated adjacent to the Basilica is a two story laterite building secured with lime mortar which really originates before the Basilica, having been finished in 1585 in spite of solid resistance to the Jesuits. Jesuit missions toward the eastern areas were planed and sorted out from here.

Finished in 1589 under the capable supervision of Br. Domingos Fernandes, the Cassa Professa or the "Proclaimed House" as indicated by Jesuit law is one which is proposed for the activity of the services of the Society and ought to be obvious for the precision of the Jesuit lifestyle.

There is a to a great degree intriguing story behind the development of the Church. The Jesuits confronted solid resistance from the Senate, the Santa Cassa da Misericordiaa and the Franciscans for their arranged development in the roomy square called Terreiro dos Gallos. However on the night going before the day on which they were to be legitimately limited from building the site, two fathers and one sibling changed over a little house into a brief church and on its entryway recorded the word 'JESUS'.

The following morning the Church was tossed open and a chime rang to call the astonished individuals from the area to praise mass. After that the adversaries were never ready to remove the inhabitants.

The assaults of time and the furious flares of the considerable flame in 1663 decimated some of its long halls and open condo however it was reconstructed in 1783. One more story on the top was destroyed somewhere around 1886 and 1887.

Today there's a cutting edge workmanship exhibition appended to the Basilica.