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Old Goa

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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Old Goa is 9 km east of Panaji, in Goa, a state of India.

Understand[edit source]

Old Goa is the former colonial capital of Goa. Full of history, it today is home to some scenic churches and convents, that are well maintained and worth a visit. Make sure you have at least half-a-day to adequately understand and appreciate the place. The site is maintained by the Archaeologocal Survey of India, and is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site.

Get in[edit source]

Panjim (Panaji), the state capital of Goa, is barely 9 km from here, so it is easy to take a bus from Panjim to Old Goa. Private vehicles too ply, but taxis tend to overcharge in Goa.

Get around[edit source]

It is best to visit the place on foot, since there is so much of history to seep in. Local guides, some approved by the tourism department of Goa, are available.

See[edit source]

St. Cajetan
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • 1 Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery. Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery (Q16251566) on Wikidata Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 2 Basilica of Bom Jesus. Basilica of Bom Jesus (Q391123) on Wikidata Basilica of Bom Jesus on Wikipedia
  • 3 Church of St. Cajetan. Church of St. Cajetan (Q20053751) on Wikidata St. Cajetan Church on Wikipedia
  • 4 Chapel of St. Catherine.
  • 5 Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi.
  • 6 Church of Lady of Rosary. Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Q20047855) on Wikidata Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Goa) on Wikipedia
  • 7 Church of St. Augustine.
  • 8 Museum of Christian Art.
  • Pilar Seminary Museum.
  • 9 Sé Cathedral Church. Se Cathedral (Q2942482) on Wikidata Se Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • Sound and Light Gallery Museum. You can get a Christian religious tour. Artistically done.

Do[edit source]

Spend time walking around the monuments and see how Old Goa fits into global history and the meeting points of cultures of another century.

Buy[edit source]

Souvenir and trinklet stalls here, but Panjim has a better choice nearby. Visit the shop at the Museum of Christian Art, at the annexe to the Santa Monica Convent. Worthy of a visit, and reasonably priced.

Eat[edit source]

Options for food and drink are limited in Old Goa. There are a few restaurants in the area, and along the highway that passes through the area.

Drink[edit source]

See above comment.

Sleep[edit source]

There are few places to cast anchor in Ola Goa. It might be better to stay at Panjim or elsewhere in Goa, as travel within the small region tends to be easy—even if traffic jams are a growing reality due, in part, to the spurt in tourism.

Go next[edit source]

Usually by bus. The Konkan Railway has a nearby station, known by the village name of Karmali.

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