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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24 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    i hope it lasts for years to come, still.

  2. As much as we would like to preserve everything exactly the way it was built… Its only natural for everything to slowly erode!

  3. Cloudia says:

    World Treasure

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  4. I share the same sentiment as TexWisGirl. Also wish I could go visit someday.

  5. ladyfi says:

    What a beautiful facade!

  6. AmitAag says:

    Grand old basilica captured wonderfully!

  7. Thomas Lee says:

    St Francis Xavier was once buried at St Paul's church in Malacca before transferred to GOA.

  8. Beautiful and imposing.

  9. eileeninmd says:

    A beautiful church, lovely shots! Have a happy weekend!

  10. Jeevan says:

    Interesting perspective and notion on its façade and building! Excellent shots

  11. Stunning picture.Misconceptions often lead to disaster. I hope the facade still lasts for many years to come.

  12. fredamans says:

    Interesting architecture!

  13. Linley S says:

    A grand old church, I hope it doesn't deteriorate too much

  14. Anita says:

    I loved my visit there too 🙂
    Nice pics, Indrani 🙂

  15. The authority should take proper care to maintain such grandeur…Nice photos Indrani… 🙂

  16. Mridula says:

    Lovely capture and thanks for the plaster story. I was not aware of it.

  17. Our heritage our treasure… Hope government too realises the value.. Nice pictures and post Indrani.

  18. Grand structure. So much history.

  19. Had been there great place to be !

  20. Nice.
    i clicked some interior pics too.. will publish them soon

  21. Priyashi says:

    WOW ! beautiful architechture…. Nice capture Indrani…. too good…:)

  22. Sudhir R says:

    Now! waiting to spend some time here

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