St. Francis Xavier Church, Goa

The Basilica of the Bom Jesus church is located in the Old Goa of the Goan province, the earliest settlement of Portuguese voyagers in India. The word Bom Jesus means the Good or the Holy Jesus.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus was built as a memorial of St Francis Xavier who was the most ardent and devoted follower of the God and one of the key cornerstone of Portuguese colony and the prophet of doctrine of Christianity. The church is one of the oldest churches in India built under the order of archbishop Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. The construction started in 1594 and the inauguration was done in 1605, and this year also marks the calendar year for the propagation of Christianity in India. The church holds the mortal remains of the revered St Francis Xavier.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the architectural marvels of European renaissance for the style adopted to build it was Baroque arts & architecture. The gothic framing, the transcending pillars and arches, the gilded altars, decorated walls and ceilings always have a mesmerizing effect on the visitors. This 400 years old church is not very in the ruins and still stands tall in its former glory and peace. The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The church is a great tourism destination for people visiting the good old Goa.


Goa Basilica of Bom Jesus Church opens at 09:00 AM to 06:30 and Confession time 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM

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13 May 2023
for my aggressive reaction on 10th May 2023 against prohibiting of photography, that was very bad behaviour from me. for this I want to say very very sorry to Girl and lady who working at stall inside the church house. Please pardon me.

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DP McManus
23 August 2023

I've never been to India or to this church in person, but I was looking for a mass online and came upon the 9:15 mass of 20 August. I loved the homily but didn't get the name of the priest who gave the homily. Can you please let me know his name?

I live in the US, near Philadelphia, Pa., and was unable to attend my local church due to illness (recovering though, thankfully). But if I'm ever in Goa, India, I'll come to visit!?

30 April 2023

Weekly mass timings ?

Jojo C A
25 October 2022

Is the church open after repair??

Rajendra May
09 October 2022

Is it opened today sunday?

Sujatha Dias
19 June 2022

I would like to offer thanksgiving mass?