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Location : Old Goa, at a distance of 10 kms from Panaji
Year of Construction : 1521
Style of Architecture : Initially Manueline rebuilt as Tuscan with Baroque
Church Timings : Open all weekdays from 7.30 am to 6.30 pm, Sundays closed.
Museum Timings : 9 am - 12.30 pm, 3 pm - 6.30 pm

About the Church and Convent
Church of St Francis of Assisi Old Goa If you are in Old Goa, undoubtedly visiting the churches of this old town is a priority in your itinerary. A worth visiting place, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most important churches of Old Goa. To visit this magnificent church, take a walk to the west of the Se Cathedral, there is an old palace of the Archbishop, which connects the Se Cathedral to the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi.

Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, are the reminder of the Franciscan friars, who came to Goa in the early 16th century. After their arrival in 1517, with their consistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir. Eventually in the year 1521, the chapel was modified into a church and dedicated to the Holy Ghost in 1602. Later, the church was pulled down and the present church was constructed on the same spot in 1616, retaining only the black stone gateway. The west-facing church has a nave with three chapels on both side, a choir on the first floor, a main altar and two other altars. To the north of the main altar is a belfry and sacristy.

Originally built as a group of cells by Friars for their residence purpose, those structures were later converted into a convent in 1529. In 1835, the Portuguese Government closed the convent and an Archaeological Museum was established here in 1964. In the museum, you will find a huge collection of artifacts, paintings and sculptors. Most appealing exhibits that you can see here are 60 portraits of the Portuguese viceroys and governors of Goa.

Other exhibits that will fascinate you are a statue of Albuquerque, a model of Vasco da Gama's Sao Gabriel, the bronze statue of St Catherine and Grey basalt statues of Lord Vishnu and Surya, both belong to the Kadamba period. The museum also exhibits stone slabs with inscriptions in Marathi and Persian, hero stones, sati stones, coins and Christian iconography in wood.

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Architecture of the Church
Built on laterite blocks, the church is lime-plastered. Initially built in Manueline architectural style, the present church was rebuilt with a Tuscan exterior and a Baroque interior. Its Manueline style gateway was saved from the former church, which still stands at the main entrance. The facade of the church is flanked on its either side by octagonal towers.

Interior of the Church
After taking a splendid view of the Tuscan facade, enter inside the church from the Manueline style main entrance. As you enter inside the church, a wooden pulpit beautifully carved with floral patterns on the left welcomes you. Its interiors have been illustrated with scenes from Holy Bible and some exquisite 17th century wall paintings. The buttress walls are nicely decorated with floral frescoes that have a touch of Indo-Portuguese Baroque style. The interior walls separate the three chapels and support a gallery above. Other noted features of this church are the gilded main altar and inscribed tombstones paving the floor.

The main altar of the church is heavily ornated in Baroque style with Corinthian features. Dedicated to St. Francis, the altar has a huge statue of St. Francis and an equally large statue of Jesus Christ on the cross. Beneath the two statues are the inscriptions of the three vows of the Saint - poverty, humility and obedience. On either side of the main altar are beautiful paintings on wood, depicting scenes from life of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Features : A World Heritage Site, Old Goa is known for its Portuguese churches. The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most important churches of Goa and Goa tour in India package takes you to this church on second day of your trip. Admire its beautiful architecture and feel the spirituality that looms inside

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Features : On seventh day of India by Day and Night tour you will visit the town of Old Goa. In addition to various churches of Old Goa, this tour will also take you to the Church and Convent of St.Francis of Assisi. Visit the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi and adore its wonderful Portuguese architectural style.

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Features : On day 17, the Rajasthan Heritage and Goa takes you to the Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the important churches of Old Goa. Take a trip of this beautiful church, see superb work of old architect, both inside and outside of the church and return to your home with some pleasant experience.

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Features : Churches are one of the main attractions of Goa, which attract large number of tourists visiting the state. Old Goa, the old hub of Portuguese empire, is home to around a dozen cathedrals and churches such as Se Cathedral church, Basilica De Bom Jesus, Church of Lady Rosary and Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. On Best of South India Tour, you may visit these popular churches of Goa.

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