Goa is located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The Portuguese, who claimed Goa as the seat of the Catholic Church in the East in the 1500s, controlled the area until 1961, when India invaded to liberate. The state’s Portuguese past is most apparent in its plazas, cathedrals and architecture.
Goa splits neatly into two districts: North and South Goa. Lively North Goa has the state capital, Panaji and the former capital of Old Goa, with its interesting churches and buildings. There are many beaches along North Goa such as Fort Aguada, Candolim, Calangute and Anjuna, famous for its Wednesday flea market. Panaji boasts many old buildings including Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, consecrated in 1541 and the Old Portuguese districts of Fountainhas and Sao Tome.
A couple of churches remain in the old former Portuguese capital, Old Goa. The largest church is Se Cathedral. The Covent and Church of St Francis of Assisi built in 1661 contains gilded and carved wood work and old murals. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, as it contains the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier who in 1541 spread Christianity among subjects of the Portuguese colonies in the east.
South Goa is more laid back. Beaches here include Bogmalo, Colva and Benaulim.
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