Old Goa is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famed for its opulent buildings and churches reminiscent of the glory days of "Golden Goa". It was abandoned by the Portuguese officially in 1843 when the capital was moved to Panaji. Today, most of the remaining buildings and churches are maintained by the A.S.I and the church services are maintained by the Archdiocese of Goa.
Churches in Goa are aesthetically designed and consist of paintings that are fixed on beautifully designed floral panels. These magnificent buildings are legacies of the Portuguese culture and social life, and are still maintained by the Christians of this area. In Goa educational contribution of the churches is immense. Most of the churches in Goa are now a part of Archdiocese of Goa.
Lady of the Immaculate Conception - Panaji
Built in 1540 the church of Lady of the Immaculate Conception has a two flanked altars dedicated to crucified Jesus on the left and our Lady of the Rosary on the right.
In North Goa lies the historical city of Velha Goa or Old Goa about 10 kms from Panaji. From 16th century till the 18th century, Old Goa was the capital of Portuguese India. The main churches in Goa from a tourist perspective is located in Old Goa. The churches in Old Goa were built with laterite and plaster. Labeled as "Rome of the East" and "Golden Goa", Old Goa has been marked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The churches are open on all days.
Ruins of St Augustine Church
The church now completely in ruins was constructed in 1572 and re constructed in 1902. All that is left today is a bell tower without the bell. The bell was moved to the Church of Our lady of Immaculate Conception at Panaji where it remains functional.