Built during the early 17th century, the Church of St. Augustine is now mostly in ruins with its majestic 46 meters high tower still reminding the visitors of the glorious days.
When completed in the year 1602, the mammoth structure consisted of 8 stunning chapels, four beautiful altars and as many towers. While most of it is in ruins now, the colossal bell tower still stands proudly and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The church began to lose its sheen when it was banned by the Portuguese and subsequently abandoned by its residents. The vault fell in 1842 while the portico was destroyed in 1931. With passage of time and as a result of neglect, the structure was ruined but it still has a mystifying charm that never fails to attract the visitors.
The bell was later removed and placed at the church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception where quite amazingly it is still in working condition.
Location of Church of St. Augustine
The church of St. Augustine is a major landmark in Goa. The church is located on top of the holy hill in Old Goa, just a few kilometers from the state capital, Panaji. Old Goa is known for its churches that once adorned each of its lanes. While most of the structures are now in ruins, a few churches are still in remarkably good condition.
How to reach Church of St. Augustine
Located at a short distance from Panaji, the church of St. Augustine is easily accessible from anywhere in the state. State transport and other private bus operators offer regular services between Panaji and Old Goa. Buses can be boarded from Panajiís main bus stand to reach the church. Taxis and car rental services are also easily available throughout the city.