The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was built in 1540 by the Jesuit priests and later rebuilt in 1619. It is located in the heart of Panjim, Goa. The church has a quintessential mediterranian style to it.
Its main attractions is the huge ‘ bell of inquisition’ that hangs atop the belfry. It became a part of the the church in 1841.It is said to be the second largest bell in Goa.
The church today is painted in white and looks spectacular at night amidst a dislay of coloured lights.
The church interiors consist of the main altar dedicated to 'Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceicao' carved in Rennaisance style, flanked by two altars with statues of the crucified Jesus and Lady of Rosary. There are also marble statues of St Paul, St Xavier and St Peter alongside the altars.[Ref.asiarooms.com]
Text: Abhijit Rajadhyaksha , Photographs: Nitin Pai, Sachin Dinde and Abhijit Rajadhyaksha