Goa, an erstwhile Portuguese colony (Goa was freed from Portuguese rule in early 1960s), is home to several Portuguese Roman Catholic Churches, some of them renowned for the Baroque architecture, a building style of the Baroque era, begun in late sixteenth century Italy.
Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was the first Church to be built in Goa and remains one of the more impressive Churches.
Se Cathedral in Old Goa is believed to be the largest Church in India and the most impressive of Churches in Goa. Set in Old Goa, a UNESCO heritage site, Se Cathedral's tower houses a large bell known as the "Golden Bell" which is one of the largest.
Almost every locality in Goa has a Church. These churches vary in size but all have some character, charm and history. All churches have a specific day of the year when Feast is held. This differs with different Churches.
Some of the notable Churches besides the above two are:
North Goa - Basillica of Bom Jesus (Old Goa), Church of St Francis of Asissi (Old Goa), Church of St Cajetan(Old Goa), Church of Reis Magos (Between North Goa and Panjim), Church of Our Lady of Miracles (Mapusa), Church of St Anne (Talaulim), Shrine Of The Holy Cross Bambolim (near Panjim).
South Goa - Our Lady Of Grace Church (Madgaon), Our Lady of Rosary Church Navelim, Cansaulim Church