Goa

Goa is the smallest state in India with influence of European and Indian culture. Goa tourism is famous for white sandy beaches. Goa beaches are among the finest in the world. There is a unique charm of the beaches with golden sunshine and silver moonlight at night.
The culture of Goa is highly influenced by Christianity and Hinduism. Tourists will find several churches like Basilica of Bom Jesus - famous for the remains of St. Francis Xavier, an important Catholic pilgrimage, St. Francis of Assisi - famous for Portuguese religious art, St. Monica, Our Lady of the Rosary, , Church of st Anne, Church of st Augustine are interesting and worth a visit
At the same time there are plenty of Hindu temples in Goa worth visiting for the tourists like Mangesh Temple, Shri Mahalasa Devasthan, Bhagwati Temple, Sapteshwar Bhagwati Temple, Rudreshwar Temple etc.
The biggest offering by the tourism in Goa is the beaches. The combination of blue waters with golden strip of sand is breathtaking. The 100km long coastline of Goa has some of the finest beaches in the world. The most popular tourist beach in Goa is Colva Beach followed by Calangute Beach, Anjuana Beach, Dona Paula Beach and Majorda Beach.

Miramar - is a place in Panaji city in the state of Goa, India. It is the nearest beach to the Goan capital and unarguably the most visited beach of Goa. Hordes of people, mostly tourists, are found every day flocking to this beach. Originally named Gasper- de-dias because of the Portuguese influence, the name was then changed to the ever-popular Miramar.

Fontainhas - This is the oldest and most interesting area in Panaji. a charming area west of Pato, is one of Panaji’s liveliest areas.

Chapel of St Sebastian - The chapel was built in the 1880s and contains a lifelike crucifix. It is now hung in the Palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa.An annual street fiesta is held here in mid-November to celebrate the patron saint’s day.

Idalcao Palace - This palace was built by the famous Muslim ruler of Goa, Adil Shah. This is one of the oldest building in Panaji.The Portuguese used it as the Viceroy’s Palace till 1759.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church - was originally built in 1541. It is the most prominent and elegant church in Panaji. It has a beautiful gilded main altar. The huge bell in the main tower used to be in Old Goa in the ruined Augustianian monastery.

Attractions in Old Goa

St Francis of Assisi Church and Archeological Museum - West of the Cathedral (behind it) is the Convent and Church of St Francis of Assisi, one of the most interesting buildings in the town. Franciscan monks built the original church in 1517.

Se Cathedral - is a cathedral dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, located in Old Goa, India. It is one of the oldest and most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and is one of the largest churches in Asia.

Basilica of Bom Jesus - with its richly gilded altars is famous throughout the Catholic world. 'Bom Jesus is the name used for the infant Jesus. The cathedral is India’s first Minor Basilica, and is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier; a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Francis Xavier died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2, 1552.

Arch of the Viceroys and Gate of Adil Shah - The Arch of the Viceroys (1597) was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s landing in India by his great-grandson Francisco da Gama, who was viceroy from 1597 to 1600.

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