Unless totally focused on beach hedonism, the Basilica of Bom Jesus should be on every tourist’s list. Built in 1605, it contains the bones of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. It is in Old Goa, a settlement that was abandoned in 1835 after several cholera outbreaks. Left behind were the churches. The result is that the Basilica sits in attractive open grounds; across the road is the Church of St Francis of Assisi and Se Cathedral.
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