The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the World. It houses the tomb and the mortal remains of the St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. The exterior walls of the Basilica are not plastered. The construction of the Basilica was completed in the year 1605. The facade has elements of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian designs and the pillars and details are carved from basalt. The huge and ornate gilded reredos that stretches from floor to ceiling behind the altar is beautiful. To the right of the Altar is the body of St. Francis Xavier.

St. Francis Xavier, Old Goa

The Silver Casket that holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Prominent in the design of the facade are the three letters "IHS" which is the abbreviation of Jesus in Greek and the Jesuit emblem

 

 

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