UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Churches of Goa

Built In : 16th to 18th centuries

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Year of Inscription: 1986

Reasons for Inscription: Criteria number (2), (4) and (6). The churches of Goa reflect the rich culture of the Portuguese. The architectural styles of the churches are a perfect amalgamation of the Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Category : Religious structure, Christian urban landscape, colonial

The distinctive architecture of Goa churches symbolizes the beauty, history and traditions of the state. Visiting the beautiful churches is an unforgettable experience as one gets to marvel at the age-old architecture and also get a great peace of mind.


The architectural brilliance of some of the prominent churches such as the Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Lady of Rosary and the Church of St. Cajetan showcases the historical importance of Goa. The churches are the perfect example of the Portuguese era who ruled the state for almost two centuries. Most of them are in fine condition as they are wonderfully maintained by the Christians of the region and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Old Goa, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, has around 16 aesthetically designed churches that stand testament to the glorious days of Goa. Most of the churches have been constructed using whitewashed laterite stone and plasters. The superb paintings and chandeliers of the churches charm the people. The churches remain open to the public on all the days including state and national holidays.


By Air : Goa International Airport, situated in Dabolim is the closest airport to reach Goa.

By Train : The nearest railway stations to reach Goa are Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama.

By Road : The visitors can take state owned buses from Kadamba bus stand in Panaji and reach Goa easily without any kind of inconvenience.