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Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi : Goa Directory


Best Place To Learn about Christianity

Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi is nestled in the premises of Se Cathedral at Old Goa. It is only 10kms from the capital of the state - Panajim. It is one of the best places to learn about the history of Christianity and its prosperity in Goa.

The year 1521 saw the construction of the famous Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi. The church joins the Se Cathedral at the convent. The Church & Convent were built by the first group of the promoters of Christianity - Franciscan friars. This convent was ignored by the Portuguese and hence was shut down. But the convent building was turned into an archaeological museum in 1964.

Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi is made up of laterite and the walls are plastered with lime. It has two spectacular octagonal towers on either sides. The doorway is a mirror image of the typical Portuguese Manueline style. The wooden statue of St. Francis and the statue of Our lady of Miracles brought from Jaffna, Sri Lanka are a must see.

The inside of the Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi is a fine example of the Mosaic Corinthian style, and exhibits scenes from Bible on the walls of the church. The main altar dedicated to St. Francis is heavily ornamented.

The Archeological Museum at the convent has a rich collection of paintings, art pieces and statues. There are about sixty portraits of Portuguese viceroys and governors of Goa. Statues of Hindu deities like Lord Vishnu and others like Alfonzo de Albuquerque, Vasco da Gama and St.Catherine are exhibited very well.

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