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Best things to do in Velha Goa and sightseeing in Velha Goa

Also known as Old Goa, it is well known for its yearly procession of saints.

Basilica of Bom Jesus - Velha Goa

It is located in Old Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage and it has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and was also the capital of Goa when during the Portuguese rule.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most important and popular church where people from all over the country visit. This church is considered even more sacred and important because it has the remain mortals of St Saint Francis Xavier. I saw the casket in which it's been kept. The body is kept at a good height and you cannot obviously get clear snapshots of it when you click from your camera as you get to see the body via screen. The church is very huge and the greenery surrounding the church looks pleasing.The crowd control is pretty decent here and the experience is just bliss. It's a moment of bliss. This is located in Old Goa. Just opposite to this place, the Royal Chapel of Saint Antony is situated which has beautiful white walls and architecture.
Ruchi Jain

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One of the famous examples for the finest Baroque architectures in Goa, visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the best things to do in the city of Goa. It has the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier and is considered to be one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Karthik Rao V

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The Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so as you can imagine, it is impressive. It’s also very holy/creepy, depending on how you look at it – it has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. A public viewing of the body is held every ten years. But apart from this, it’s a beautiful church. The altars are intricately worked, while the rest of the interiors are relatively simple. The floor is also gorgeously marbled. The church is over 400 years old.
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Sé Cathedral - Velha Goa

Located in Old Goa, India, it comes under the dominion of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies.
Famous for its beautiful architecture, the place is spread over a large area and has a museum.
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The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. Located in Old Goa, India, the largest church in India is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. It is one of the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia. The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her.
Veeral Pathak

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Church of St Francis of Assisi - Velha Goa

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.
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Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina - Velha Goa

Located in Old Goa, India, it comes under the dominion of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies.
This cathedral in Old Goa is the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies, which makes it quite a big deal. It is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who was one of the Saints who Joan of Arc said appeared to her. If the stories don’t sound that interesting to you, it should impress you that this is one of the largest churches in Asia. The church tower claims a bell that’s so rich in tone that it’s called the Golden Bell. It’s considered one of the finest-sounding church bells in the world.
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Church of St Cajetan - Velha Goa

It is a large and beautiful Church in Velha Goa and is constructed in the corithian style in the 17th century, a must visit.
This particular domed church in Old Goa is too often overlooked, but it’s architecturally very significant. It’s been modelled on the original St. Peter’s church in Rome, making it particularly interesting. It’s one of the most beautiful of all churches in Goa, so it’s odd that it isn’t more popular! The main altar in particular is an excellent example of Baroque style.
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