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Church of Mary Immaculate Conception

Church of Mary Immaculate Conception, Goa

Location : In the heart of Panaji

Attraction : Exquisite architecture, the church bell and illumination during the night

How to Reach : Local transport within Panaji in Goa

Situated in the centre of the city of Panaji, the Church of Mary Immaculate Conception is a well-known landmark of the city. It is one of the most popular tourist spots and visitors flock to see the church in large numbers. The genuine splendour of this church can be seen at night. As soon as evening sets in, this huge monument is transformed into a gleaming and radiant display as it is lit up with many small electric bulbs. The Church bell is said to be the 2nd largest in the World.

The Church of Mary Immaculate was among the first ones to be built in Goa. It is estimated being there by 1541. The early church was entirely re-built from its basics in 1619. Considering the still negligible population of the area, the magnitude at which this Church was built is truly worth marvelling upon. The interior architecture of the church is pretty impressive despite being simple. The backdrop of the main altar is commendable as it is elaborately designed. But what stands out is, the two altars flanking the main altar on the sides. One is dedicated to Jesus crucified and the other is dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary.

Both the altars are marvellously gilded and embellished with carvings, yet defined and uncomplicated, a well instance of that era. At the side of each altar, is a marble sculpture, one of St Paul and one of St Peter. Towards the south of the right of the main altar, is a Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, whose glass-encased statue occupies the focal point of that area.

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