The Basilica of Bom Jesus is well known all throughout the world, especially in the Roman Catholic side of the world. A tomb and the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier have been preserved here very nicely. St Francis Xavier was given the task of spreading Christianity amongst the Portuguese in 1541 .
Francis Xavier was the founder of the Jesuit order and even a former pupil of St Ignatius Loyola. St Francis Xavier spread the word of the Christian missionary dedicatedly and religiously in Goa. The church is well known for its simplicity and the richly gilded altars. The construction of the church began in 1594 and was finally completed in 1605. There is a three-tiered marble tomb of St Francis and his mortal remains have been preserved in a silver casket, these were covered in jewels, earlier.
There is a house next door to the Basilica, which is known as the Professed House. This is a two-storeyed building which is made out of laterite and then covered with lime plaster. The building was completed in 1585. There was a lot of opposition to the Jesuits from the local Portuguese. You will also notice a modern art gallery which can be seen from the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. This place can be visited at all days of weeks at 9AM to 6PM.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|