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Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)
Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)

Basilica of Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika)

Free admission
Old Goa Road, Old Goa, India

The Basics

While the exterior of the Basilica de Bom Jesus (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika) is impressive, with an imposing facade made of red sandstone pulled from the sea, the interiors are particularly striking as well. Inside you'll find gold-gilded altars, white marble floors with stone inlay, and lots of paintings of St. Francis Xavier. The saint's tomb sits to the right of the altar, and his remains are displayed once per decade.

The basilica can be viewed as part of a day trip to Goa; visitors may choose a dedicated cultural heritage tour, or combine historical sights with beaches, markets, and more. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the basilica.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Goa

star-4
Ok..so this is a good tour with the...
King Charles B, Apr 2018
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
Ok..so this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.
star-5
The tour was really good, we were...
Jose Antonio D, Sep 2017
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
The tour was really good, we were lucky with the weather. The guide was fantastic showing us around Goa and the churches. The driver was excellent and friendly also.
star-5
I would recommend this tour which...
Dr R A B, Feb 2015
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
I would recommend this tour which was very interesting in particular our guide Francis was very well informed ,courteous and most helpful
star-5
We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant...
Candace B, Sep 2017
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant knowledgeable guide.
star-5
Excellent guide, fascinating...
Jacqui M, Apr 2014
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
Excellent guide, fascinating architecture and great lunch after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress modestly out of respect for local culture, with your knees and shoulders covered.

  • The basilica is arguably the most important church in Goa and it’s a must-visit for history buffs.

  • If you come during Mass, stay in the pews and wait until the service is over before you walk around or take photos.

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How to Get There

The basilica is situated in the heart of Old Goa, or Velha Goa as it's known locally, and virtually all tours of Old Goa stop here. It's about 20 minutes’ drive to Old Goa from Panaji, the state capital, or about 40 minutes from Calangute. If you're coming from farther north—such as from Anjuna or Chapora—give yourself at least an hour to get here.

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When to Get There

The basilica is open Monday through Friday and on Sunday. It's closed Saturday, except during special religious services. Mass is held twice every morning on weekdays, and again once in the evening, with Sunday services in English and Konkani. The church also offers special programs for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 3.

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St. Francis Xavier The Patron Saint of Goa

Francis Xavier was one of the founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He traveled to India in 1542 as a missionary and is celebrated for the work he did to spread Catholicism in India, particularly in the South. However, he was also behind the Goa Inquisition, which led to severe punishments of Catholic people who were suspected of practicing Hinduism in secret.

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