Basilica of Bom Jesus: The Roman Catholic Late – Renaissance Structure
The ShriMangesh temple is a marvellous piece of architecture and the calm and spiritual environment of the place is really reviving. We had a very soulful and divine experience at this ancient temple of lord Shiva. The next destination that we visited while in Goa is also a place of sanctity. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous basilicas located in Goa. It is known for its unique architecture that dates back to the year 1950.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most distinctive monument in the sense that it has a very unique architectural style and stores the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica is one of the most revered holy places among the Roman Catholic community around the entire world. The body of this holy saint is preserved in a glass coffin that is stored in the mausoleum of this church.
The construction of sacred place is believed to have started in the year 1594 and it was completed after toil of 11 long years in the year 1605. This elaborate monument holding the architectural elegance of the late – renaissance period is cherished by Goa as one of the most visited tourist attractions. The frontal portico of this monument holds a blend of elements from the Corinthian, Doric and Ionic designs.
What makes the church peculiar is that it is the only church in the entire state which is not coated with plaster on the exteriors.An enthusiastic Portuguese preservationiststripped off the plaster from its outer walls in the year 1950 so as to expose the laterite stone out of which the structure is actually made up of to the environment so as to make the church more resistant to climate.
The church is over whelmed with visitors on the 3rd or December every year when the Feast of St. Francis Xavier is organized here. The gallery of modern art housed in the church is also one of its kinds. The collectibles of contemporary art kept on display in the gallery are really exquisite and awe – inspiring. We took a tour of the entire structure and then headed back to our hotel to get fresh to visit the next destination on our itinerary list.