Facade of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa attracts huge number of pilgrims from all over the world when the body of St. Francis Xavier is brought out for public viewing every 10 years. In this year of 2014 the body will be again displayed to public.

The facade is a combination of different elements of architecture the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian design. I don’t understand too much of these designs, but I remember the guide making a mention of this and I was admiring his knowledge about all this. The central rectangular pediment has Jesuit emblem – IHS – abbreviation of Latin Jesus Hominium Salvator (Jesus, Saviour of Men).

Another unique factor of this church if you noticed is the unplastered state of its facade. It was not so less than a century back. The lime plaster that adorned the facade was ripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. Apparently his notion was that exposed to the elements, the laterite stone of which the basilica is built would become more durable and thus the building would be strengthened. Despite proof to the contrary, no one has got around to putting the plaster back yet; hence, some of the intricate carving is eroding with the dousing of each successive monsoon.

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Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Kovil, Chettinad
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

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