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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Goa

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The capital of the Indian state of Goa, Panjim, is home to the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Every day, the church holds mass in Konkani, Portuguese, and English. On a hilltop overlooking the city of Panjim, a chapel in the colonial Portuguese Baroque style was first constructed in 1541.

Nearby Places to See

Dona Paula Beach
It is a beach that is situated where the Mandovi and Zuari rivers meet, 7 kilometres from the church. The beach is more expansive and has a lot of tourist traffic on the Zuari River side. The white statue, which was sculpted in 1969 and is located on high ground, is the area’s most well-known landmark. According to the Goa tourism board, the statue represents Mother India. The beach is crowded with couples. The location bears Dona Paula de Menezes’ name, who was a Portuguese viceroy’s daughter.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
It is believed that the Portuguese’s construction of the church in 1594 signalled the start of Christianity in India. As the oldest church in Goa, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church displays the alleged remains of Francis Xavier to the public once every ten years.
Fort Aguada
The fort was constructed by the Portuguese and is situated about 14 kilometres from the church in a place called Candoli. It took three years, from 1609 to 1612, to build this small fort. It helped the Portuguese keep an eye on attacks from the sea because it was built on a strategically located piece of land overlooking the sea and the Mandovi River. There is a history associated with the fort’s lighthouse as well. Goa served as the primary port while the Portuguese were in charge, and this lighthouse significantly aided in the safe passage of ships.
Se Cathedral
Constructed in 1510 to honour the Portuguese conquest of Goa, which came about after they defeated a Muslim army. The decision to enlarge the building was made in 1952, and the expansion was finally finished in 1619. It is one of the largest churches and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. It’s 11 kilometres from the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
Archaeological Museum of Goa
The museum is located 9 kilometres from the church and primarily features artefacts from the time when Portugal ruled India. Here, you can also see ancient temple sculptures that have been uncovered over time. Afonso de Albuquerque, who was responsible for the Portuguese victory in 1510 that ended the Muslim rule in Goa, is commemorated at the entrance by a 10 foot tall bronze statue.
Shri Mangesh Temple
About 22 kilometres from the church, in the village of Mangeshi, is this temple that was constructed in 1560. Early in the 16th century, a temple was initially constructed in the village of Kushasthali (Cortalim). The Portuguese’s intolerance for religion led to the temple’s relocation to Mangeshi village, which was ruled by Sonda (near Shirasi, Karnataka). The temple was twice renovated by the Marathas. The centrepiece of the temple is an octagonal lamp pillar that is both elegant and tall.
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