As the students enjoyed the promised two restful days on the beaches, David and I headed down to explore the Portuguese footprint in India, mostly the churches. Now we have seen many churches all over Europe, and are not easily impressed. These churches are impressive, and this one the most spectacular. The Portuguese are some of the most devout Catholic Christians today and their churches constructed hundreds of years ago, suggest, they have always been religious. This is St Francis Xavier’s church of the Bascillica of Bom Jesus. It is one of the major Baroque churches in India and was completed in 1602. The image is from Wikipedia.
The alter image is from Britannica.com. This church is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
This massive tree stands guard at the entrance. I could only wonder if it had been there from the beginning….four hundred…
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