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Tomb of St. Francis Xavier, Goa

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Take a trip to the Basilica of Bom Jesus to visit Tomb of St. Francis Xavier. The UNESCO-protected church was consecrated in 1605, making it one of the oldest churches in Goa. Step inside to see the tomb of St. Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). The silver casket containing the saint's remains sits on top of an impressive mausoleum, which took 10 years to construct. Admire the impressive architecture, murals depicting the life of St. Francis Xavier, and the elaborate gilded backdrop of the altar. Walk along the marble floor, inlaid with precious stones. Every 10 years, thousands of devotees flock to the site to see an exhibition of the body of St. Francis Xavier, hoping to benefit from his supposed miraculous healing powers. For Tomb of St. Francis Xavier and beyond, use our Goa trip maker site to get the most from your Goa vacation.
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  • Beautiful church with nice staff. Photos are not allowed on the inside sadly. If you go past it, definitely worth a visit. The staff is knowledgeable of the churches history 
    Beautiful church with nice staff. Photos are not allowed on the inside sadly. If you go past it, definitely worth a visit. The staff is knowledgeable of the churches history  more »
  • Good architecture and it's an old churh from portughese era. It's easily accessible from Main road. Good to visit as part of south goa trip. 
    Good architecture and it's an old churh from portughese era. It's easily accessible from Main road. Good to visit as part of south goa trip.  more »
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  • The floor is of marble laid with precious stones. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple. The church also holds paintings of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. The mausoleum, on the top of which is placed the silver casket with the body of St. Francis Xavier can be seen everyday. It is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. Solemn exhibitions of the 'body' are held every ten years.
  • Must visit place when in Goa. It's a sacred church dedicated to Baby Jesus. And it's a UNESCO World Heritage site which has a great importance due to it's rich history. This is one of the oldest churches in Goa constructed way back in 1605. The architecture is amazing and makes a good backdrop for some awesome insta worthy pics. Would suggest to read the history before going in. Also don't miss to see the body of St. Francis Xavier which is kept in a well decorated casket. Ask someone around for the location of the body. Would recommend anyone to pay a visit to Old Goa or Velha Goa. Don't forget to explore the other churches and buildings around the area.

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