Reis Magos Church, Goa

Very close to the Reis Magos Fort is the Reis Magos Church. It is the first church of Bardez. Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible. The fort and the church got named after the village Reis Magos. This church is well known for the colorful ‘Festa dos Reis Magos’ which is the Feast of the Three Wise Men. The feast is held on 6th of January every year.

As I was stepping down and walking away from the church, I noticed two lion statues at either side of stone stairs. It surprised me a bit to see them at the entrance of a church. Much later after a good google search stumbled on the fact that the church was built on the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple. So these lions are evidence of that old temple. It is a sacred Hindu symbol that is typical of the Vijayanagar temple style. The church had much importance during the Portugal rule and in fact two Viceroys of Goa were buried over here and their tomb stones are still present.


Massive repair work was on inside the church. It has some beautiful paintings. Probably the church is gearing up for the festival to be held on 6th Jan 2015. I took some quick snaps before somebody could appear and tell me ‘no photography here’. This church was built way back in 1555 and is dedicated to St. Jerome. The façade gets a beautiful white coating and the interiors are decorated well during the festival.



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34 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful old church and great captures as always, Indrani!! Love the clear skies, too!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  2. Cloudia says:

    Much appreciated to see these treasures, Indrani

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

  3. Felicia says:

    beautiful church and paintings are lovely too.

  4. This was closed when we went… good to see in pictures

  5. Hazel Ceej says:

    The older the church, the more beautiful to me. Beautiful shots.


  6. DeniseinVA says:

    Another wonderful and very interesting post. It is a magnificent church.

  7. Nicely shown church.

  8. Ileana says:

    Beautiful church!

  9. Jeevan says:

    Interesting how the church has been built on a temple ruin! Fabulous photos and you captured great views there.

  10. Bibi says:

    Beautiful church.

  11. Hey i missed this as i was unwell on that day, thanks for sharing, feels like i didnt miss out that day.

  12. Antonina says:

    Very interesting photos!
    Enjoy the weekend:-)

  13. I like it that you were able to take a few shots without being discovered. :)) Looks like the renovations are quite extensive in the last photo.

  14. Carver says:

    I love this old church.

  15. Awesome photos , Thanks for sharing.

  16. Thank you for sharing your fabulous photos

  17. Beautiful pictures Indrani.

  18. As usual… your posts make simple things interesting. 🙂 very nice

  19. Anita says:

    Lots of religious structures had been built atop other religious structures…
    Nice observation & pics, Indrani!

  20. Ankita says:

    lovely shots! reminded me of my Goa trip!

  21. Indrani , you have explored Goa ! Churches, forts, beaches… :). I was surprised to see the tiger sculptures , good explanation. Thank you for sharing.

  22. A nice detailed account along with pics Indrani.. 🙂

  23. a beautiful church and skies as well.

  24. Murthy says:

    Nice pictures…and the account too!

  25. Priyashi says:

    wow! lovely photos

  26. Thomas Lee says:

    Wow!What a beautiful church.

  27. Sudhir R says:

    Its beautiful ! Missed it

  28. Dina says:

    It is nice they left the lions.

  29. Very interesting history Indrani ! Missed visiting this one on my recent trip to Goa..

  30. Goa is an amazing place and it is one of the biggest tourist states in India. People all across the globe visit Goa. It is perfect place to unwind from your hectic lifestyle. I always enjoy visiting Goa. I have visited it a couple of times but never got a chance to check out this Reis Magos Church.

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