Location : Old Goa, North Goa district
Festivals : Feast of St. Francis Xavier, on December 3 every year; exposition of St. Francis Xavier's body, held once in every ten years.
Highlights : Dedicated to Infant Jesus; contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of Goa.
Prime Attraction :
The awe-inspiring tales of St. Francis Xavier is read by all in history books. Basilica of Bom Jesus or Basilica of Good Jesus will take you to those pages of history book as you will see the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The remains of this noble Saint have been preserved inside the precincts of this Basilica. Exposition of the saint’s body takes place in every 10 years. Thus you need to be fortunate enough to take a close look at St. Xavier’s body.
Other Attractions :
Basilica of Bom Jesus is the first minor basilica of India and it is the best example of baroque architecture in the country. The splendid façade of the church, the decorative interiors, and the silver casket where St. Xavier’s body has been kept, each and every part of this church is filled with richness and is worth taking a look.
The facade is embellished with a profusion of basalt. It is supposed to be the most plush and beautiful facade in Goa.
The floor of Basilica of Bom Jesus is marbled and inlaid with precious stones. Several gilded murals and altars can be seen inside this church.
The silver casket of St. Francis Xavier has been decorated by 17th century Florentine jeweler.
Since the body of St. Francis Xavier is opened for public display every 10 years, one needs to plan early to visit this church. Tourists can also take pleasure in the feast of the saint which is held in the third day of December.
How can you Reach Basilica?
Since this is a prime landmark of Goa, you will get all sorts of local transport to reach this church. There are plenty of Bus services available in Old Goa that can drop you at this church. Several tour operators of Panaji conduct trips exclusively for Basilica of Bom Jesus.
The sacred remains of St. Francis Xavier was a gift to this basilica from Medici, Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscan. The mortal remains of the noble Saint were brought to Goa 150 years after his death. It is said that during that time, his body was as fresh as it was when he was buried.