This is an amazingly beautiful church that was built way back in 1661 by the Portuguese and it remains as a shining example of Portuguese architecture. This was originally a chapel but with the passage of time it was expanded to become a large church. The church stands to the west of Se Cathedral and it has an attached convent, 3 chapels on either side, a beautiful choir and 2 altars. Usually Old Goa trips are incomplete without a visit to the Se Cathedral and the Church of Saint Francis Asisi. Riding through the abundant greenery and vintage charm of old Goa on a bike (get one from bike rentals in Goa) is a wonderful experience. You can easily get bikes and cars on rent from www.ziphop.in that’s a trusted pan India vehicle rental agency.
How to Reach?
The church is 10 kms east of Panaji and can be easily reached by car or bike. Goa has numerous car rentals and you can pick up car rentals in Goa from www.ziphop.in. The church is in a prominent location on the town square.
What to See and Do?
The church facade is three tiered with a beautiful octagonal tower on every side. In the central area there is a Saint Michael statue. The entrance has pretty rosettes and circular pilasters while the walls have colourful murals that have painted panels which show scenes from the life of Saint Francis. Other points of interest inside the church are the huge statues of St Peter, St Francis Assisi, Jesus and St Paul. If you are interested in actual Biblical stories then you should know that the figures are so placed to represent St Francis who is standing on top of the three vows of the order of Frances; Humility, Obedience and Poverty. There are gilded walls and ceilings and these basically depict the life and the work of Saint Francis.
Those who are interested in design and architecture will enjoy the contrasts…its Tuscan style in the exteriors and Corinthian styled interiors. This is not a functional church i.e. prayers etc. are not offered here anymore…rather it is now a museum (the adjacent convent is now a museum) that stores paintings and sculptures from Goa. Look out and then put your foot inside the church…the floor is decked up with several tombstones and all of them have coat of arms.
Where to Eat?
A visit to any attraction in Goa is incomplete without good food. There are several great places to eat around Saint Francis Church and one such spot is Ratnasagar Family Restaurant and Bar that’s near Basilica Junction in Old Goa. The Greenyard Restaurant and Bar that’s on the Diwar Ferry Jetty Road is another option. Another nice place to dine is Master Chef Restaurant that’s on the Goa Velha Bypass Road
Off National Highway 4, Velha, Goa
Phone: 0832 228 5790