Church of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa

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Church · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Admire an impressive three-tiered façade, Tuscan orders and octagonal towers of Church of St. Francis of Assissi, a large baroque church featuring a unique Portuguese-Manueline portal. Built in 1661 by the Portuguese of lime-plastered laterite blocks, this large church features elaborate arches inside the church and an exquisitely carved altarpiece feature numerous paintings depicting life of Saint Francis of Assisi. A carving of Saint Francis and Jesus and statue of Saint Michael adorn the main altar. A tall barrel-vaulted ceiling provides great acoustics inside the chuch. Enjoy the gardens around the church and check muzzle-loading canons and cannonballs on display which once defended the lucrative Portuguese trade here. Put Church of St. Francis of Assissi on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Goa online travel planner.
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  • This Church has an amazing architecture ... was under renovation/ refurbishment when we visited, very high ceiling ... see the pictures attached. This majestic Church was built by the Portuguese in...  more »
  • The Church of St. Francis of Assissi is one of the oldest churches in Goa, with beautiful architecture. It is a must-visit historical church in Goa. The interior and exterior infrastructure and...  more »
  • A must visit place in Goa. I have visited this many times and everytime it feels a new experience. You have good pictures to be captured at every corners of the place. Magnificent architecture. You can just spend an hour at this place. Even the church adjacent is another historic and great place in Goa. Both churches are located adjacent to each can just cross the road and explore. Lot of people visit this, crowded yet you will have no issue as the place is very big.
  • The small chapel was built by Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1517. In 1521 it was modified into a church consecrated to Holy Ghost. It was later replaced by current structure in 1661. The exterior of church is of Tuscan order and three main altar has Baroque and Corinthian features. The church is best known for its paintings, designs and rich carvings. In 1964, the church was converted into a museum by Archaeological Survey of India.

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