Church of St. Francis of Assisi Goa - A Testament of Historical Elegance

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Old Goa, North Goa

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Church of St. Francis of Assisi Goa - A Testament of Historical Elegance
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Located in the main square of Old Goa, the Church of St Francis of Assisi is a remarkable architectural treasure. Originally a chapel established by 8 Franciscan friars who arrived in Goa in 1517, it was upgraded to a church in 1521. The church, facing west, contains a nave with three chapels on both the sides, a main altar and a choir. Retaining the Portuguese-Manueline style portal of its older structure,the church offers a fascinating visual contrast between its simple exterior facade and its lavish Baroque interior featuring Corinthian influences. The main altar is the highlight, with a large statue of St Francis of Assisi above it, along with another of Jesus Christ. It is flanked on either side by paintings on wood depicting the life and times of its patron saint. Contiguous to the church is the convent, which is now home to a museum. Set up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1964, it houses paintings, sculptures and other artefacts related to the history and culture of Goa.

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