Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Basilica of Bom Jesus,Goa and the mortal remains of St.Francis Xavier


Inside the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa. www.lonelyplanet.com
The term 'Bom Jesus' (meaning 'Good or Holy Jesus') is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the Portuguese colonies,  The construction work on the basilica was started in the year 1594 and it took 11 years to complete the monument. Initially, in 1594, Father Alexia de Menezes consecrated the Church which is located in the Old Goa area. It was the erstwhile capital of the Portuguese establishment in the early days of their rule in India.
world famous Basilica of Bom Jesus where the Relics of St. Francis Xavier are enshrined .www.goacom.com
The Basilica of Bom Jesus was given the status of a Minor Basilica in the year 1946 and it is the first Minor Basilica of India. The basilica, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Monument, is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the country and it represents the  heritage of early Christianity in India. This famous chirch is being visited by lots of tourists, particularly  westerners, as Goa is a world famous tropical paradise on the west coast of India.
The ornamented entrance to the church.en.wikipedia.org

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is approximately 183 ft in length, 55 ft in breath and 61 ft in height. Its main altar rises to a height of 54 ft and is 30 ft broad.

The main feature is the basilica contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier; a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola. The casket, in which the body of St. Francis is kept, is made of pure silver. The casket was the gift of the last of the Medicis, Cosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.It is said the saint's body is still as fresh as the day it was buried.Every ten Every
Relics of St. Francis Xavier at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa.www.youtube.com

ten years, the body of Francis Xavier's is displayed at the basilica, on his death anniversary, for public viewing. The last display was held in the year 2004.