What is the Basilica of Bom Jesu and why is it important?
Situated in Old Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in 1605 AD. The Basilica is home to the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier and is a monument typical of the classic forms of architecture introduced by the Society of Jesus, otherwise known as the Jesuits.
What is the meaning of the word Basilica?
1 : an oblong building ending in a semicircular apse used in ancient Rome especially for a court of justice and place of public assembly. 2 : an early Christian church building consisting of nave and aisles with clerestory and a large high transept from which an apse projects.
Why is the body of St Francis Xavier kept in Goa?
The body is kept in a silver casket that has episodes from the saint’s life engraved on it. … Episodes from the time when the saint curing unwell and ailing people are mentioned on the casket which is at the Basilica of Bom Jesus (built in 19605) in old Goa.