• About

    Former capital of Goa in the 1500’s, Old Goa is rich in Goan culture and heritage and is world famous for its impressive churches, museums and has also been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its churches and cathedrals are some of the biggest in Asia and are visited by tourists from all over the world throughout the year.

    Getting there

    Panaji is the closest city to Old Goa and is 9 kms away. By public bus transport, you can take any bus going to Ponda from Panaji and ask to be dropped off at Old Goa. The Dabolim Airport is at a distance of 27 kms from Old Goa. Since there are a quite a few places to explore, Old Goa is best travelled on foot or by hiring a private vehicle. There are a number of tour guides who offer well- guided tours to all the must-see places in Old Goa.

    Quick Facts

    • The magnificent churches in Old Goa have rivalled the archaic structures in Rome and are resplendent in their beauty. There are a number of churches that are visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year, some of them being Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Church of Lady Rosary and many more.
    • Made of black granite, Bom Jesus is an elaborately carved church and is well known for its beautifully constructed golden altar dedicated to Infant Jesus. It is also famous for preserving the remains of St.Francis Xavier.
    • The Archaeological Museum of Old Goa provides a rich history of the Portuguese rule in Goa and contains numerous artefacts, portraits, and sculptures regarding the olden days in Goa. Closed on Fridays, the museum is an important place of history and is a must-see for all avid historians.
    • The towering Se Cathedral of St. Catherine is a beautiful structure that is the largest church in Asia. Its Golden Bell is supposed to be one of the best in the world.
    • The Museum of Christian Art offers a religious tour seven days a week and also has a gift house where one can buy souvenirs, books and other trinkets.