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The search for the perfect beach destination in India leads to Goa. The small state located on the west coast of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations
Churches of Goa
Goa - the haven of natural treasures is well-acclaimed for its architectural marvels, of which the historic churches form an integral part. Church building was one of the key activities of the ancient Portuguese settlers in Goa. In fact, one of Vasco de Gama's prime missions for discovering the sea route to India was to "look for Christians".
History has it that the Portuguese settlers forced Christianity upon the natives with religious fervor during their period of inquisition in Goa. Most of the Goan churches were built on the sites of former temples, which had been destroyed by the Portuguese. The architecturally splendorous churches were the main landmarks of Goa during the colonial times, and even today, rank as key tourist attractions in Goa, and are visited by innumerable tourists all the year round.
Churches in Goa play a key role in Goa's social, cultural and religious fabric as a significant part of Goa's populace has, for several generations, comprised of Christians. These Churches have immensely contributed to education in Goa. At present, all the churches in Goa are part of the Archdiocese of Goa and function with its help. Many of these churches are protected heritage sites as well.
The architecture of Goa's churches primarily bear influence of Portuguese, European and Indo-European styles of church building. Their architecture has undergone remarkable changes over the centuries and with the fashion of the period that they were built in.