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Holy Spirit Church in Margao

·  Summer: March-May (30°C - 36°C)
·  Winter: October-February (22°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October end to February

Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 07:00 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.)
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Constructed out of beautiful white stone and showcasing the Indian Baroque style brilliantly, the Holy Spirit Church is one of the popular tourist attractions in Goa. Built originally in 1564 after the demolition of a Hindu temple by the Portuguese, the church was reconstructed in 1645 after facing destruction at the hand of the Muslim invaders. Dedicated to Immaculate Conception of Mary, St. Peter and St. Michael, the church stands amidst green mango groves that act as perfect backdrop.

Gilt crystals, engravings and eye-pleasing huge altars make the church’s interiors extremely exquisite. A striking feature is the huge pipe organ that finds place inside the church. The 17th century gigantic cross is another notable highlight. The Feast Day (late May or early June) is the best occasion to be at the church. One can also explore the grand Portuguese mansions located close to the church.

Road: The church is located at Old Market Square and has great road connectivity with major destinations of Goa. National Highway 17, which is in good condition, connects Margao with many popular cities. Apart from public transport buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and rented two-wheelers are the popular modes.

Railway: The busiest, and the most important, railway station of Goa is located at Margao itself. About 5 km. from the church, the railway station is accessible by cabs, auto-rickshaws and local buses.

Airway: Goa’s only airport at Dabolim is about 23 km. from the church. You can rely on local buses or taxis to cover the distance from the airport.