The Feast of honorable St. Francis Xavier memorializes the death of St. Francis Xavier, supporter saint of Goa. Lovingly called the Goincho Saib or the Lord of Goa, St. Xavier belonged to Spanish Jesuit missionary and propagated Christianity in various parts of Asia. After attaining great success in the state of Goa, St Xavier started his journey towards China but passed off at Sancian Island on 2 December, 1552, which is about 10-km away from the mainland of China. According to the legendry story, when the body of... read more
Located atop the Monte Santo or the Holy Hill, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary is the oldest surviving Church in Goa. The church stands on the site of Portuguese leader Alfonso de Albuquerque's victory over the armies of Bijapur Sultan in 1510. In fact the Lady of Rosary church is believed to be built by de Albuquerque as a sign of gratitude for his victory.
Since its inception the church has been under the guardianship of the Franciscans. The Church of Our Lady of Rosary was revered by the public as it was her... read more
This is one of the most interesting building in Old Goa. It contain gilded and carved woodwork, old murals depicting scenes from the life of St Francis, and a floor substantially made of carved gravestones-complete with family coats of arms dating back to the early 16th century. The church was built by eight Franciscan friars who arrives here in 1517 and constructed a small chapel consisting of three altars and a choir. This was later pulled down and the present building was built on the same spot in 1661. The conv... read more