St francis xavier church goa - india

St Francis Xavier - Goa

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Named after St. Francis Xavier, a world renowned Jesuit missionary from Spain, St. Francis Xavier is one of the most famous historical churches in Goa. The beautiful sacred land of St. Francis Xavier church is located on te banks of Mondovi river in east Tiswadi Taluka in Central Goa.

Embellished with tiled roofs, St. Francis Xavier was originally dedicated to either St. Anthony or to St. Jerome. St. Francis Xavier came to Goa on the command of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus in 1542. St Francis started preaching and influencing the Goan people. After that he returned after a short break to head the Santa Fe Theology College in Old Goa. Due to the irruption of the epidemic and the consequent abandoning of the college of St. Paul in 1570, the chapel fell into ruins and was re-built in 1884. It was later dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. 

The beautiful church is adorned with Dorian style of architecture. The Tomb and Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is a plain chapel with only one altar which is equipped with laterite blocks and is plastered with lime. Remember to see the miraculous holy water at St. Francis Xavier.

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