Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Basilica of Bom Jesu (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, India. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule, about 10 km from the city of Panjim.
Bom Jesus is the name used for the infant Jesus. The cathedral is India's first Minor Basilica, and is considered as one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.
his world heritage monument built in 1695 and has emerged as a landmark in the history of Christianity. It contains the body of St. Francis Xavier; a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by St. Ignatius Loyola. St. Francis Xavier died while on a sea voyage to China on December 2, 1552. The following year, while transferring Francis Xavier's remains to Goa, in accordance with his wishes, it is said that the saint's body was as fresh as the day it was buried. The relic attracts a huge number of devotees from all over the world, especially during the public viewing of his body every ten years (last held in 2004). The saint is said to have miraculous powers of healing, and pilgrims come from all over the country.
Author and fellow Jesuit Anthony De Mello was also from Goa and has mentioned the cathedral in his writing. The Basilica of Bom Jesus church at Goa, India, is around 400 years old. It has relics of St. Francis Xavier, the body of St. Francis Xavier kept in well decorated casket which is seen in the photographs below is open to public everyday but one can touch it only during the periodic expositions. Some photos taken inside the church are attached for better understanding of the art work of that time. These art work are called "Murals"
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