The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most famous Church in Goa which is centuries old. Presently partially ruined, but still a marvel of elegance & a fine example of wonderful architecture.
For one thing, it is recommended you to visit this place, is its history. Constructed in 1605, it is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and is the best example of baroque architecture in India. There is a large statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola and paintings taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. It is 400+ years old and is now open to public every day. You can see the artwork while taking the tour of this place
This beautiful & ornamental form of architecture makes the church a visual treat. Basilica of Bom Jesus holds the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The interior is embellished with a screen that runs from the floor to the ceiling and has the image of St Ignatius Loyola protecting an infant Jesus.
There is a sound and light show (duration of 30 minutes) with limited intake capacity. Do visit early so as not to miss the show.
Above all is the image of the Holy Trinity, which is the holiest symbol in Christianity. For details and historical information one can avail a personal guide for around Rs.100.
The grounds are very nice, and as you approach the Basilica, you will enjoy the very old architecture outside. You will see a request for being quiet upon entering. It is a pretty busy place with visitors from near and far, probably because of it’s significance to the final resting place of the beloved St. Frances of Assisi. Inside, there is beautiful art and architecture. These works of art are simple yet stunning , one would like the uniqueness of these architecture in this church, which is beautiful and mesmerizing. If you go, try to read up a little about the Basilica’s history first which is displayed, and then you will enjoy your visit all the more. They do have a small gift shop, but it is on the grounds.