Best Churches and Forts to visit in Goa
1. Fort Aguada
Fort Aguada is one of the most popular tourist destination of Goa. The fort was built in order to provide defence against the invading Dutch and the Marathas. The Aguada Fort is one of the most prized possessions of the Portuguese standing stern on the Sinquerim Beach facing the Arabian Sea from 1612.
The majestic fort is housed by a 4 storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864, which is one of the oldest in Asia. The architecture provides some amazing view of the Arabian Sea. The fort is a great way to spend the afternoon and then you can head out to either of the two beaches i.e. Rocky Beach or Sinquerim Beach, that strike your fancy in the evening.
Location: Candolim, North Goa, Goa 403515
Tips: For the one who loves to take photographs, this is the perfect place to look out for beautiful scenes and enjoy your day.
2. Chapora Fort
Chapora Fort is yet another destination for people to chill out and an ideal place to be at for nature lovers. However, there is a more interesting name given to this fort i.e. ‘Dil Chahta Hain’ Fort; since a scene from the famous blockbuster movie features the three main leads sitting in the fort and introspecting about life.
Located on the top of a hill with slopes from all sides, the fort commands a breathtaking view of it’s surroundings. It played a crucial role in the Indian history and had passed right through the possession of the Portuguese and the Marathas. It was used as an escape in times of emergencies by the Portuguese. Winds blowing across the sea makes this place a good place to relax and chill.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Tips: Carry your food along as there is no food stall available nearby.
3. Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most renowned and popular church of Goa. The church was built in 1605 where the mortal of St. Francis Xavier is kept. The building is made in baroque style which is perhaps the greatest attraction of Basilica. Though the architecture of the church is not ornate, the marble floor is implant with precious stone which is much of a wonder for the visitors. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important destinations for Christian Pilgrims from all over the world. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is now about 412 years old and is open to the public everyday.
Location: Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa 403402
Timings: Monday to Saturday- 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM Sunday- 10:30 AM to 06:30 PM
4. St. Francis of Assisi
Built in 1661, St. Francis of Assisi is a famous landmark of Goa and is the oldest church located in Panjim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church and the floor has numerous tombstones intricately designed with coats-of-arms. The church is also said to have the second largest bell in the world.
Timings: 07:30 AM to 06:30 PM
5. St. Augustine
Built by the Augustinian Friars in the early 17th century, St. Augustine is a giant tower standing atop a hill of Old Goa. It posses a irresistible charm and is considered to be one of the biggest church in the state. But, now only ruins of the front portion of the church and the magnificent tower remains.
Timings: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM
6. Royal Chapel of St. Anthony
Built in 17th century, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony is one of the oldest church built by Alfonso de Albuquerque as a tribute to St. Anthony. The church is shaped in a semi-circle with semi-circular arched entrance and twisted pilasters. The shutter displays the famous Augustinian symbol of the pelican feeding its offspring. The statue of St. Anthony adorns the main alter who was given the rank of captain of the army. The Saint’s feast day is celebrated on 13th June where the church attracts devotees from all around the world.
Location: Velha Goa, North Goa, Goa 403110
Timings: 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
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