If you plan to visit Old Goa, do not miss out on the Church of St Francis of Assisi. Built in the 16th century and renovated in the 17th, the church is a unique mix of different architectural styles, namely the older Portuguese-Manueline and later Tuscan styles. The church lies a little ways west of Se Cathedral and was once the palace of the Archbishop. The convent has since turned into an archaeological museum that is well worth a visit, and the church still stands tall, a blend of centuries-old architecture and intricate carvings. Franciscan monks built the original building back in 1521. More elements were added over the decades, but the complex started decaying. ALSO READ: Visiting the Saints of Velha Goa
Fortunately, a new church was built in the site in 1665, retaining the same old structure and Portuguese-Manueline architecture, but incorporating elements of the Tuscan style that was popular at the time. You cannot find this combination anywhere else in India. The facade in particular shows off this blend well. Built in the Tuscan style, the portal of the facade retains the Manueline style because it is a relic of the older structure. The facade also has distinctive octagonal towers around it. While the church looks pretty simple outside, the inside is decorated in typical Baroque lavishness, with Corinthian influences. The altar in particular has some of the highlights of the intricate design. CHECK OUT: 10 best churches of Goa that you must visit on your next trip!
You will find a massive statue of St Francis of Assisi at the altar, along with one of Jesus Christ. Both are extraordinarily detailed and arresting. On the sides are paintings that show the Seraphic Order’s history and the life of the saint. The museum building, set up in 1964, has some valuable pre-Portuguese icons and sculptures and paintings and portraits of later Governor-Generals and Viceroys.
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