The walk starts at the Viceroy's Arch near the Ferry point, where you get introduced to the historical Portuguese past of Old Goa. Old Goa was also known as ‘Rome of the East’ due to the incidence of prettily designed churches and wide open piazzas. We then pay a visit to the very beautiful St. Cajeten church of the Italian Order. St. Cajetan Church also known as the Church of Divine Providence is a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa. We then move ahead to old main street of Old Goa, the Rua Direita to pass by the Se Cathedral and the Church of St Francis. Se Cathedral is one of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa. This magnificent 16th century monument in Goa, build under the Portuguese rule is the largest church in Asia. After surveying the pieces of ruined buildings displayed outside the Museum, we proceed to Old Goa’s first church, the Church of St Catherine, before reaching the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St Francis Xavier are to be found. Our presenters will highlight all the above places with fascinating history and anecdotes that are unheard of and will share a very unique perspective of the making of Old Goa.
Ameez Amreen Deepak Lata Murali
We are a group of experienced professional hosts under MAKE IT HAPPEN, which is an Experiential Travel Company, that specializes in curating immersive travel experiences. We will share insights into history and folklore of the area taking you back to life as it was in the bygone times. We qualify as local experts and are passionate about the history, culture, food, art and heritage of Goa, and have invested several years into studying and perfecting the art of storytelling.
Begin the Old Goa Heritage Walk at Viceroys Arch Visit the church St Cajetan Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Notice the remains of St. Francis Xavier Visit the imposing Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Goa. Explore the ruins of the St. Augustine up the holy hill
Hats or Caps in Summer
Dress code for entering churches is knees & shoulders should be covered. Infants & toddlers may not enjoy the tour. Photography of people posing inside churches & museum is not allowed Please bring your own water bottle, preferably a reusable water bottle. Wear comfortable footwear, hat/cap.
Old Goa Heritage Walk