The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Basilica do Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Goa. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, a Navarrese-Basque Roman Catholic missionary. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa during the Portuguese rule.
Construction work on the church began in 1594 and was completed in May 1605; it was consecrated by the archbishop Dom Fr. Alexio de Menezes.
The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Goa. The floor is of marble. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple.
The mausoleum of St. Xavier was designed by the 17th century Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini. It took ten years to complete. The casket containing the body is made of silver. The holy relics of the saint are displayed once in every ten years during the anniversary of the saint’s death.
The church also holds paintings of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier.
You might see a lot of flower photographs in my blog but would you believe me if I tell you that my journey into the world of photography started with my love for travel and architecture?
I could not travel for about two years due to health reasons and that is when I moved from travel-photography to flower-photography, after all I live in a city that is well known for its beautiful gardens. Having said that, I can never forget my first love (in photography!) and I do have plans to travel in the near future. 😀
Here are few photographs from the places I visited in the past 6 years (minus the 2.5 years of no travel period)
Kuppali is a small village in Thirthalli taluk, Karnataka. It is famous for being the birthplace and childhood home of a famous Kannada poet and writer – Kuvempu. Kuppali also happens to be the birthplace of Kuvempu’s son – Poornachandra Tejaswi, another famous Kannada poet and writer.
One of my cousin’s wedding was in Thirthalli so we were in Thirthalli for two days. I somehow managed to dodge the celebrations for sometime to visit Kuppali 😉 It was drizzling when we reached Kuppali and I was worried as my DSLR was brand new. You know, there are times when duppata serves as a makeshift umbrella 😉
The path to kavishaila was slippery (as it was drizzling).
Kavishaila is a rock monument dedicated to Kuvempu. Arranged in a circular fashion, this rock monument resembles The Stonehenge in England.
At the center of this rock monument is Kavi Samadhi, the final resting place of Kuvempu.
Our next stop was a visit to Kuvempu’s house – KaviMane. KaviMane is a three-storeyed tiled house.The ground floor consists of a courtyard, kitchen and bananti kone (a room for women who have just given birth). The first floor consists of a room that contains various articles used by Kuvempu like pen, walking stick, umbrella etc. The second floor houses the entire collection of books written by Kuvempu. (Photography inside the house was not allowed.)
Kuppali and the surrounding areas are together known as Malnadu pradesha. I have read a lot about the beauty of Malnadu – We had one of Poorna chandra Tejaswi’s books as a textbook in school. There is one story in the book that describes the brief encounter between the author and monitor lizard. And guess what! On our way back to Thirthalli, I saw a monitor lizard, lazying around on the highway! 😀
The Independence day flower show at Lalbagh this year was dedicated to Kuvempu. I have already posted about it a couple of days ago. If you haven’t read it yet, click here.
Just 500 meters from Basilica of Bom Jesus lies the ruins of St. Augustine. church. Situated on the top of Holy hill, this ruins also forms a part of churches and convents of Old Goa, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The church had 4 altars , 8 chapels and a convent with numerous cells. All that is left of this church today, is one of the four towers. This 46m high tower (Bell tower) can be seen from a distance. The bell is currently placed in another church called Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim.
The following three photographs are that of the only standing tower of St. Augustine Church
This church was dedicated to Our Lady of Grace. Construction of this church started around 1597 and was completed by 1602.
A look at the church’s altars and chapels.
Writings on one of the chapels.
Can you see the carvings?
Why is this church in ruins?
The church was initially built on Augustinian order. In 1835, the Augustinians were expelled from Goa and the church was abandoned. Over the years, due to neglect and weather conditions, the main vault of the church collapsed and this was followed by the collapse of three towers.
Let me end this post with an image of the church before its destruction.