OF BOM JESUS - GOA
The church of Bom Jesus, "Good" or "Infant"
Jesus, is known principally for the tomb of St. Francis Xavier.
In 1946, it became the first church of India to be elevated
to the status of Minor Basilica. One of the richest churches
in Goa, it is covered with marble and inlaid with precious
stones and paintings depicting the life of St. Francis Xavier.
The basilica, where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier
are kept, is the best specimen of baroque architecture in
India. St. Francis's body was brought to Goa almost 150 years
after his death. It was a gift from Medici, Cosimo III, the
Grand Duke of Tuscany. It now lies in an airtight glass coffin,
placed inside a silver casket fashioned by a 17th century
Florentine jeweller. The chapel attracts large numbers of
visitors every year.
When to Visit
The best time of the year to visit is between September and
How to get there
Panaji, Goa is accessible by air from all the major cities
of the country. There are adequate train and bus connections
from other cities.