Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Panjim Church of Our Lady

The Panjim Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is placed on the hillside and just  few meters away from the Idalco Palace built by Adil Shah. Standing on the gallery of the church, one can see the entire view of the lovely Panjim city.It is one of Panjim’s best
attractions.It is the first church of Goa, built in 1541.

In 1843 the land was developed by the Viceroy when he took over Panjim; and in the year 1855 the ‘Praca de Flores’ (Square of Flower’s) was built in front of the church. In the year 1619 the church was re-constructed by enlarging it further looking at the population growth.

The feast of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church is celebrated on 8th December every year. During its feast this church is beautifully decorated with lights
and decoration and the entire Church Square is occupied by a lively fair. Infact this location of the church is so popular that many film shootings have been carried on this
place. Standing on the high on the hill this church is indeed the crown of the Panjim city.

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