St Francis Xavier Church Where Mortal Remains of St. Francis Xavier is Kept

St Francis Xavier Church or Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous church in Goa, where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is held. St Francis Xavier catholic church, a Jesuit church, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Portuguese words ‘Bom Jesus’ means Good (or Holy) Jesus.

The entrance to St Francis Xavier Church in Goa
The entrance to St Francis Xavier Church in Goa, India.

St Francis Church built in baroque architecture (Italian architectural style started in 16th century) is the first minor basilica in India. Palaces and churches were made in this architectural style.

Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits), a male religious congregation of the Catholic Church, was founded by St. Francis Xavier along with St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Francis Xavier died on December 2, 1552 on Sancian Island. His mortal remains was first taken to Portuguese Malacca. After around 2 years it was shipped to Goa. Saint Xavier ‘s body was fresh as it was buried. It is believed that the saint has miraculous healing power.

Mausoleum inside St Francis Xavier Church, where the Mortal Remains of St. Francis Xavier is kept
Mausoleum inside St Francis Xavier Church, where the Mortal Remains of St. Francis Xavier is kept.

St Francis Catholic church allows public viewing of St. Francis Xavier’s mortal remains once in every 10 years during his death anniversary. Last time public viewing was allowed was in 2014 and the Next Public viewing is in 2024.

St Xaviers Church was consecrated in May 1605, for which the works began in 1594. There are paintings based on the life of St. Francis Xavier. The mausoleum was designed by Giovanni Battista Foggini, a 17th century Florentine sculptor. The mausoleum contains a silver casket which has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

Bom Jesus Basilica Art Gallery is situated on the upper level, overlooking the tomb of the saint at Francis Xavier church, Goa.

St Xavier church Goa is open on all days.

How Do I Go to St Francis Xavier Church or Basilica of Bom Jesus?

St Francis Xavier catholic church is located in old Goa and is accessible by public transport. Panaji, the capital of Goa is well connected by road, rail and air to other parts of the country.

Se Cathedral – An Ancient & Celebrated Church in Goa

Se Cathedral, Goa is one the most ancient and celebrated churches in India, situated to the west of the great square, ‘Terreiro de Sabaio’, in Old Goa, India. This famous church in India is one of the largest churches in India.

Se Cathedral Goa
Se Cathedral Goa.

Se Cathedral alias St. Catherine’s Cathedral at Goa was named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was on her feast day anniversary in 1510 that Alfonso Albuquerque, took possession of the city of Goa from the enemy. To commemorate this emphatic victory, the Portuguese constructed this church at Goa.

In 1919, it is said that a vision of Jesus Christ appeared at the “Cross of Miracles”, one of the eight chapels at Sé Cathedral Goa, There are four chapels each, on both sides of the Se Cathedral.

The construction work for this Goa Church began in 1562 and the main church (except the main alter which is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria) was completed by 1619. St. Catherine’s Cathedral Church at Goa was consecrated in 1940; even though the main alter dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, was completed only in 1652.

The Portuguese-Gothic style architecture of the church, with its Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior, is 250 feet in length (76 meters) and 181 feet (55 m) in breadth. There were two Bell towers to the church; one of the southern side collapsed in 1776. “Golden Bell”, the church bell at the Se Cathedral in Goa, is considered as one of the best bells in the world for its rich tone. You can hear the soothing church bell thrice a day.

There are many old paints on either wall sides of the main Alter, which are dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. There is a beautiful courtyard in the Se Church compound.

There is an Archaeological Museum housed in the adjoining old. The St Francis Xavier Church Goa or ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ alias Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept, stands to the west of this old Goa church. Saint Francis died on December 2, 1552 and his mortal remains were brought back to Goa after keeping it at Portuguese Malacca for around two years. Public viewing of body of Saint Francis is allowed once in every ten years and the last viewing was allowed in 2004.

How Do I Go to Se Cathedral Goa, the Famous Church in India?

Grand and impressive of all Churches in Goa, Se Cathedral Goa, is in old Goa. Old Goa is at around 10 kilometers distance from Panaji Goa, the capital city of Goa.

What are Mass Timings of Se Cathedral Goa?

Se Cathedral Goa, a famous church in India, has church masses at 7.15 a.m., 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m on Sundays and at 7.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m on Weekdays.