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.
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.
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.