Located in the Goan countryside, some 12 km from the capital city, the Church of Mae de Deus has the appearance of a castle, right out of a fairytale. Built in 1873, this church's claim to fame is the statue of the Mother of God situated on the altar, which is believed to have a supernatural charm. Let's explore more about its pristine white walls to uncover why it is so famous among locals and tourists alike!
Finest neo-gothic architecture in state
Home to the miraculous and gold-painted statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God), this church is situated in Saligao stands as one of the finest examples of neo-gothic architecture. Its gothic spires, pristine white walls, magnificent dome-shaped exteriors as well as carved interiors- all add to the charms of this 19th-century structure.
One of the reasons why this church is so popular among locals and tourists is its proximity to Calangute Beach, which is frequently dotted by visitors. Further, this graceful building has a history of its own. It is believed that the people of Saligao were a part of a parish church of the Holy Trinity of Nagoa, however, their wish for a separate parish was fulfilled and post-approval from the Archbishop, this church complex was constructed.
When in Goa, post-pandemic, the Church of Mae de Deus should definitely feature in your itinerary- whether you are a believer or an atheist. Just getting the opportunity to behold this historic structure before your eyes will be an experience that will last a lifetime. Also, while you are here, do not miss out on viewing this edifice after sundown, for the lighting is mesmerising!
Timings: 9 AM to 12.30 PM & 3 PM to 5 PM
Location: Chogm Road, Saligao, Goa
Note: timings may differ owing to curfew restrictions.