Colvale Church

Slice of Goa’s heritage.

The historic Igreja de São Francisco de Assis (Church of St. Francis of Assisi) has a lovely setting on the southern bank of River Chapora in Colvale.

The Church of Colvale was founded by Franciscans in 1591 and dedicated to ‘the wounds of St. Francis of Assisi.’ It was rebuilt around 1638 and repaired after the invasion of Bardez in 1683 by Sambhaji. Later on in 1713, the rebuilding of the vaulted church was undertaken.

From: The Parish Churches of Goa by José Lourenço, Amazing Goa Publications, 2005.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Colvale, Goa

Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Colvale, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

Church on Chapora river in Colvale

On the Chapora river
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

  • Mervyn - June 29, 2016 - 1:11 am

    Easily the most beautiful church in the world. 50 years ago, the coconut trees in the back of the church were 25 ft shorter. I used to swing on the palms and land in the Chapora.ReplyCancel

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