Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and is popularly also known as St. Francis Xavier’s Tomb. Basilica of Bom Jesus forms a major tourist attraction of Goa and is frequently referred to in the promotional messages of Goa Tourism.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is dedicated to the great St. Francis Xavier. The church was built from 1594 to 1605. The terminology ‘Bom Jesus’ refers to ‘good Jesus’ or ‘infant Jesus’. This church stands as an exquisite example of baroque architecture. The simplicity is eye-catching but the imposing facade constructed of black granite poses to be an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles. The church interior portrays Mosaic-Corinthian style. The paintings that adorn the church depict the life events of St. Francis Xavier.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is specially noted for housing the sacred remains of Goa’s patron saint Francis Xavier. He had passed away in 1552 while on a sea voyage to China. People believe that is mortal remains were transported to Goa the following year and miraculously, the body of the saint was found as fresh as was in the day he passed away. The embalmed body of the saint has been preserved in a glass coffin and placed with care and love in a silver casket. People strongly believe in the magical story of the saint and also believe in his miraculous healing powers. Once in every 10 years, the body the saint is let out for public viewing and paying homage. The next exposition day would be in the 2024.