Since it was a Sunday, I thought it might be a good idea for me to go to church and there are no shortages of churches in Goa 🙂 Before I left Malaysia, my Catholic mum kept reminding me to attend at least one mass in Goa and also impressing upon me that there is a Basilica in Goa which houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier (That’s in Panjim). Maybe she was hoping for some miracles to happen in my life!
After mooching around on Abade Faria Road photographing Indo-Portuguese mansions, I caught a rickshaw and headed towards Church of the Holy Spirit. The towering white-washed church was originally built by the Jesuits in 1564 but was destroyed in 1571. It was then rebuilt in 1645 – its architecture known as Indian Baroque style – and took 30 years to complete. I arrived at the church halfway through mass, and sat there admiring its white-wash walls, carving ceilings and the altars rich with gilt crystal.
As soon as mass was over and parishioners were walking out of the church, the church wardens quickly turned off the lights and shut the doors. I wanted to spend some time to admire the interiors of the church but they wanted to close the church as soon as possible! They were kind enough to wait but after realising that all doors were shut except the side entrance and they were patiently waiting by the door, I knew I had to leave 🙂