Goa Velha

Famous For: Church Of The Cross Of Miracles, Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis Of Assisi Church, Wax World Museum, Adil Shah Palace Gateway, Convent Of Santa Monica And The Chapel Of The Weeping Cross, Wax De Goa, Viceroy’s Arch, Church Of St. Cajetan, Relics Of St. Francis Xavier, Hatkatro Khamb, Buttress Of The Church Of Santa Monica, The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery, Archaeological Museum, St. Augustine Tower, St. Cathedral.

Major Attractions: Church Of The Cross Of Miracles, Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier, Wax World Museum, The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery, Adil Shah Gateway, Viceroy’s Arch, St. Augustine Tower etc.

Ideal Visit Time:  The best time to visit Goa Velha is between November and March when the Goa weather is beautifully balmy & clear with a cool sea breeze blowing through.

  • Summer (March, April, May & October)
  • Monsoons (June, July, August, September)
  • Winter (November, December, January, February)

About Goa Velha

Goa Velha is situated on the north bank of the Zuari River about 12 km from Panaji on the highway to Margao. From a top of a hill overlooking this village is a Portuguese built seminary known as the Pilar Seminary where for missionary work Goan priests are trained. It dates from 1613 along with the adjacent church of Our Lady of Pilar. Also centuries ago a Shiva temple of the Kadamba era existed on this hill. The village Goa Velha was earlier the port capital of the Kadamba dynasty and was known as Gopakapttana or Govepuri. The port had wide trade contacts with East Africa and West Asia. Today one can witness a lot of greenery in the area.

A massive laterite wall that runs parallel to the beach revealed by excavations was probably the ancient royal road Rajveedhi that connected Ela or Brahmapuri (now called Old Goa) to the port and was the quay where the ships docked. In 1312, the Muslim army sacked the city and after 150 years when the port became too shallow for ships as the river silted up, it was abandoned. There is also a church known as the Church of St Andrew situated at Goa Velha. At this St Andrew’s church on the first Monday of the Easter week, the Procession of All Saints of the Franciscan Third Order, the only of it’s kind outside Rome is held, where twenty six life size effigies of saints, popes, kings, martyrs, queens and cardinals are paraded.

Let’s talk about some attractive places of Goa Velha below:

Church Of The Cross Of Miracles

In the seventeenth century, Old Goa people saw a human figure resembling the image of Jesus crucified on a mountain. Following this, some also reported miraculous healings. A spiritual inquiry classified these supernatural cures and that’s how the story of the Church of the Cross of Miracles began. Since then this building on the hill of Boa Vista has been demolished and rebuilt several times. This is the church where the Indian saint St. Joseph Vaz worked as a lecturer. Boa Vista Hill, surrounded by thick vegetation, is a place to enjoy solitude and see it with insight. You can also see St. Augustine’s Tower and the Cathedral of the Sea from the summit of the hill to the swinging tree. Although the church’s architecture seems to regularly follow other buildings similar to laterite rock and lime-plaster, the monastery building (headquarters of the Goa Orientalians) looks modern and it’s larger than the church itself. Its annual feast is held on the 29th November, while devotees also observe a mass on 23rd day of each month. This site is also referred to as a spiritual renewal center.

Church Of The Cross Of Miracles
Church Of The Cross Of Miracles

Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier

Churches are one of the prime tourist attractions of Goa. The beautiful architecture and the historical background of the Goa churches make them so special. The Chapel of St. Francis Xavier is one of the most visited churches in Goa and also a prominent tourist attraction. Chapel of St. The Fancis church is named after St. Francis Xavier. He was a pastor and is believed to have built this chapel by himself. It is thought that he used to have regular mass contact here. However, others believe that the church was built in honor of St. Francis Xavier after his death. Another interesting historical belief associated with the church is that it was one of two chapels that once stood in the garden of St. Paul’s College. The second was a prestigious college in Old Goa, located behind the chapel. The latter was a prestigious college of Old Goa, located behind the chapel. The architectural style of the chapel of St. Francis Xavier borrowed from the Doric style. Laterite plaster and lime mortar were used to build the church. The simplicity of the church adds to the charm of the place. There is only one altar, made of the same lime mortar mixture and plastered with laterite like other churches. There are scripts, which support the fact that the church was dedicated to St. Anthony or St. Jerome, two chapels in the garden of St. Paul’s College.

Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier
Chapel Of St. Francis Xavier

Wax World Museum

Old Goa is home to India’s second wax museum. Each statue is carefully sculpted of paraffin wax; Although the eyes and teeth are artificial but the hair has been used naturally. The museum has more than 30 life-size shapes featuring Indian culture, heritage and famous people. One of the main attractions is the sculpture is ‘Last Supper’ which is 22 feet in length and weights 500 kg. A guide will talk to you about the images in the museum and explain who the idols are, what they represent and how long it took to create the sculpture. The guided tour is in English and Hindi. Other major attractions include Mahatma Gandhi, Radha Krishna and Bethlehem. There is a statue called ‘Say No to Drugs’ that shows you the side effects of taking the drugs and highlights the harmful side effects in real life. Here is a small gift shop, where you can buy candles of different sizes and scents.

Wax World Museum
Wax World Museum

The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery

This art gallery houses some Christian art and artifacts.This was also the former residence of The Bishop of Goa, Damman and Diu. It houses a lot of beautiful antique furniture. You can enjoy the grandeur of the place by pay a small entrance fee.The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery explores Modern Christian Art in Goa and showcases artists from different religions to display the unique interpretation of Christian art in its many forms.

Whatever, Old Goa was the former capital of Goa, until the plague forced everyone to move out of Old Goa. Old Goa houses many churches. St. Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. Close to it, located between the Church of St Francis of Assisi and St. Cathedral, is the Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery.

The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery
The Kristu Kala Mandir Art Gallery

Adil Shah Gateway

This gateway is the only remnant of a magnificent royal family built during the reign of Yusuf Adil Shah Khan, the last of the Muslim rulers of Bijapur and Goa. The palace built by Adil Shah was perfect with a combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It was one of the main attractions of Goa until it was demolished in 1820 and served as the residence of the Portuguese governor until 1696. Located adjacent to the Church of Old Goa St Cajetan, this gateway about three meters high was built using basalts. Located near the Mandovi waterfronts, this historic monument consists of a horizontal lintel that rests on pillars adorned with molding and there are perforated curtains on the outside of these pillars.

Adil Shah Gateway
Adil Shah Gateway

Viceroy’s Arch

Maybe the most ideal approach to land in Old Goa is a similar way that guests did in the city’s prime. Drawing nearer along the wide Mandovi River, fresh debuts would have first seen the city’s bustling wharf just before the representative angled access to the city. The inauguration, known as the Viceroy’s Arch, was raised by Francesco Da Gama, grandson of Vasco Da Gama, who advanced in 1597 to become ambassador.  As an afterthought confronting the waterway the curve which was reestablished in 1954 after a fall is ornamented with the deer insignia on Vasco da Gama’s escutcheon. Above it in the focal point of the opening is a statue of Da Gama himself.

Viceroy’s Arch

St. Augustine Tower

The Old Goar St. Augustine Tower is the most spectacular standout of all the signs of Goa, copying on unobtrusive travel handouts and notices. Today there are ten places stay among the more than twenty places in the Vintage city of Velha Goa. The Monte Santo Holy Hill at Velha Goa was the site for the religious community of the Augustinian arrange, appended to which was the colossal church of Nossa Senhora da Graca Our Lady of Grace. At first worked of laterite and titanic in estimate, very nearly forty-six meters high, it had four stories. When it was refined in the sixteenth century, the noteworthy Nossa Senhora da Graca Church was distinguished as one of the three extensive.

St. Augustine Tower
St. Augustine Tower

How To Reach

Since there is no airport or railway station of Goa Velha, you will have to get there by bus or taxi from Panjim or Madgaon.

Goa Velha is located adjacent to Pilar in Ilhas, North Goa. By road it is approximately 2.5 km north-west of Agaçaim, 12 km south-east of the capital Panjim, 17 km north-east of Vasco Da Gama, and 22 km north of the South Goa district headquarters Margão.

And the other city distance between Ponda and Goa Velha is 16 km and 426.24 meters. The mile based measurement distance is 10.2 miles. Ponda is located nearly east side to Goa Velha.