Churches are a crucial part of the social, cultural and religious life of the goan peaople. The various churches also give an into the state's glorious past. The construction of churches began with the Portuguese invasion, and a large part of the population was converted to christianity. The Portuguese confiscated lands meant for building temples and built churches instead. Many churches are modelled after buildings in Rome and Lisbon but the Hindu influence can not be ignored as Indian motifs have been constantly used for adorning churches. This blend of architectural styles give the churches a unique look.
North Goa Churches
The Most important churches of North Goa are located in Old Goa. The churches of Old Goa testify to its glorious past.
Old Goa Churches
Old Goa of Vehla Goa is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site and has spectacular churches and convents. The architectural brilliance and historical Importance of these churches is significant. Some of the important ones are Basilica of Born Jesus, Se Cathedral , Church of St. Francis of St. Cathedrine and Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence.