Old Goa was Goa’s former capital city. It is a World Heritage site housing some of the grandest and oldest churches in the region. The Portuguese navigator Afonso de Albuquerque arrived here in 1510 and captured the city from Adil Shah.
Under Portuguese rule, Goa rapidly became a major metropolis with an approximate population of over 1,50,000 people at the peak of its prosperity. The famous churches of old Goa are the Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier, Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Church of St Cajetan, the Chapel of St Anthony and the ruins of the tower of St Augustine’s Church. This walk will allow the participants a chance to experience the history of the church in this old capital of Goa.