Built in 1661 by the Portuguese, it is a church located in Velha Goa, a picturesque church, a must visit.
St. Francis of Assisi is a bit of an odd figure – he was a Catholic friar and he did a lot of good works, but he was never ordained to Catholic priesthood. But he has been canonised as a priest and a church has been built in his honour in Old Goa. He was a wealthy young man who liked a good time – the kind who’d like a vacation in Goa, in fact – until he got a vision and he lost his taste for decadence. Perhaps the oddest thing he did was attempt to convert the Sultan in Egypt to Christianity and stop the Crusades! He’s also considered responsible for the idea of the nativity scene that we’re all so used to around Christmas, so it’s the perfect church to visit around the time. The church itself is quite beautiful, with panels that depict the life of the saint.
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.