Built in the 16th century, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is one of the oldest and most visited religious structures in Goa. What makes the place historically significant is the fact that the church is built on the same place from where Alphonso de Albuquerque governed the invasion of the state in 1510.
The construction of the structure is an impeccable amalgamation of the Gothic and renaissance architecture styles with basic exteriors and heavily decorated interiors. The roof has wooden support beams while the portico is provided with round towers on both sides.
The church houses two chapels and three altars with the walls adorned with beautiful paintings and other works of art. Besides its major Gothic style, the church also displays a lot of influence of other religions such as the images of fruits and flowers engraved on the walls or the vase containing motifs, which displays a strong Gujarati resemblance.
Location of Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
The church is located in Old Goa just a few kilometers from the capital, Panaji. The church stands close to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Just a short walk uphill from the Basilica will take you to the church. The church can be seen toward the west of the Holy Hill.
How to reach Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
There are a number of buses plying between Panaji and Old Goa, which take just 30 minutes to cover the 20 kilometer distance. The buses will drop you near the Basilica from where taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available to reach the church. You can also choose to hire a pre-paid taxi from Panaji to reach the church.