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Basilica of Bom Jesus

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Basilica of Bom Jesus
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Basilica of Bom Jesus,
Old Goa Road, Bainguinim, Goa
timing
timings
Sunday : 10.30 to 18.30 hrs
Weekdays : 9.00 to 18.30 hrs
masses
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Sundays : 08.00 & 9.15 hrs
Weekdays : 7.00 & 8.00 hrs
FOUNDATION STONE
24 November 1594
COMPLETED ON
15 May 1605
CONSECRATED BY
Fr. Alexia de Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa & Primate of
India (on completion)
STATUS CHANGE
1946 it was raised to the status of a minor Basilica

This magnificent edifice stands as a superb example of Baroque architecture in Goa.

 

The church is called “Bom Jesus” meaning ‘good Jesus’ or ‘infant Jesus’ to whom it is dedicated. The façade has on it, at the top, the letters, “HIS” which are the first three letters of Jesus in Greek.

 

The imposing facade built out of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is remarkable for its simplicity. It measures 183 ft in length,55 ft in breath, and 61 ft in height. The main altar is 54 ft high and 30 ft broad. The pillars and detail are carved from basalt which was brought from Bassein, some 300 kilometers away. The interior of the church is built in Mosaico-Corinthian style and is remarkable for its charming simplicity.

 

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The Professed House of the Jesuits located next door to the Basilica is a two storey laterite building covered with lime plaster which actually predates the Basilica, having been completed in 1585 despite strong opposition to the Jesuits. Jesuit missions to the eastern regions were planed and organised from here.

 

Completed in 1589 under the able supervision of Br. Domingos Fernandes, the Cassa Professa or the “Professed House” according to Jesuit law is one which is intended for the exercise of the ministries of the Society and should be conspicuous for the exactness of the Jesuit way of life.

 

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