Reis Magos Church

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About Reis Magos Church Goa

Located on the bank of River Mandovi, Reis Magos is an impressive church in Bardez, Goa. Named after the The Three Wise Men of Magi, Reis Magos is one of the three places in Goa where the Epiphany (Feast of the Three Kings) with processions and re-enactments is celebrated on 6th January. It is the church of Franciscan order and is situated close to another popular attraction in Goa, Reis Magos Fort. The church is dedicated to St Jerome and also houses the tomb of Dom Luis de Ataide, the famous Portuguese Viceroy.

History of Reis Magos Church

The history of Reis Magos Church states that it was built in the year 1555. However, the interior of the church was redone in 1771 and the towers were added to the structure in 1776.

Architecture of Reis Magos Church

The architecture of Reis Magos Church is Portuguese style but one can also see a hint of the influence of Hindu architecture. The church itself is situated atop a flight of steps at the base of which two carved lions which are reminiscent of Vijaynagar temple architecture can be seen. There are Corinthian columns that divide the compartments of the façade. One can also see a high, carved gable that is decorated with scroll work.

Highlights of Reis Magos Church

  • Bas relief lions at the base of the steps.
  • Shrine to Our Lady of Health that was built in 1510 to commemorate the Portuguese victory.
  • Carving of the Three Magi carrying their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the Holy Babe.
  • Tomb of Dom Luis de Ataide, the famous Portuguese Viceroy.
  • The festival - Festa dos Reis Magos on 6th January

Visiting Time of Reis Magos Church

Monday to Sunday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

How to Reach Reis Magos Church

The Reis Magos Church is situated around 8 km from Panaji via Betim–Verem–Saligao Rd. One can easily get a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach the Reis Magos Church from Panaji.

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