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Convent and the Church of St. John of God Goa

 

The Convent and the Church of St. John of God reflects the Christian values of 18th century Goa. And, the travelers do not usually want to miss out this church when they opt for church tours in Goa.

History:

The church has got an interesting history. It is a simple looking building and thus the architecture might not be engaging enough for the travelers. But the church is known to attract visitors for its immense historical significance. The church was under the administration of the Society of the Misericordia for quite some time. Unfortunately, the convent was abolished in the year 1835. The Convent and the Church of St. John of God was set up as a tribute to Our Lady of Good Success. It was built in 1685 AD. With time the church lost its significance. In 1834, the nuns of St Monica took charge of the church. The church complex was used as a residence by the order of the St Monica nuns. Thus, the Convent and the Church of St. John of God was converted into a residence complex for the confessors and chaplains.

Architecture:

It has been mentioned earlier that the Convent and the Church of St. John of God is not an architectural masterpiece but it has still retained the original Portuguese aura. It basically exhibits the architectural styles that were popular at the fag end of the Portuguese rule in Goa. The travelers will be a bit disappointed as they will not find any formal church over there. It has been converted to an old age home. The old age home is run by Franciscan nuns.

Location:

The Convent and the Church of St. John of God is located in the eastern corner of St. Augustine's tower. If you are in Old Goa, Panjim, then you should not miss out this religious attraction of Goa.

Access:

It will not be actually very difficult to reach the Convent and the Church of St. John of God. Old Goa is just 9 kms from Panaji. One can avail the state transports or even private taxis from Panaji to Old Goa. And, if you are yearning for a luxurious journey, you can opt for any one of the car rental service providers.



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