08 May Take Your Vows at These Beautiful Churches in Goa
Goa presents, not just one, but a multitude of reasons for couples to choose this beautiful coastal paradise as the destination for their wedding. Right from the pre-wedding functions to the traditional ceremonies to the late-night after parties that sometimes even see the break of dawn. Everyone dreams of hosting their wedding celebrations in this sunny state. Its the heritage and traditions, which unfold one after another, that make weddings here so special. For many years, Goa has boasted of its charming architectural relics of churches that were left behind by the Portuguese, which are a major attraction for not only tourists but also couples getting married here. We have clubbed together the few most beautiful and nostalgic churches in Goa you can host your wedding nuptials.
Take you Vows at these beautiful Churches in Goa :
As Wedding Planners here in Goa, we have done weddings at some of the most beautiful and nostalgic churches, each special in their own way; be it because of their picturesque locations, their unique architectural designs or simply the history behind them. You may find these in the middle of fields, perched on hilltops surrounded by forests or overlooking the sea, or even tucked away in little roads and villages that are unknown to most visitors. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favourite Churches:
St. Lawrence’s Church, Sinquerim
The St. Lawrence Church in Goa, popularly called ‘The Sinquerim Church’, was built over 3 centuries ago and sits high up on a hilltop with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. You can be sure to capture some memorable wedding photographs against this beautiful blue backdrop.
The Three King’s Chapel, located on a hill called Cuelim, in a small village called Cansaulim, is one of the most popular and intriguing churches in the South of the state, but for reasons that might catch you by surprise.. Established in 1721, story has it that this church has a few paranormal occurrences that have lent it a ‘haunted’ reputation. However, haunted or not, this church draws in crowds owing to its picturesque location and beautiful exterior. Set in a nature lovers’ paradise far away from the hustle bustle of city life, it offers mind-blowing views of South Goa mingled with a glimpse of the Arabian Sea and a whole bunch of enticing photo opportunities that would appeal to any couple taking their vows here!
Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church
If you’re someone who has dreamt of having a waterfront wedding, Our Lady of Penha de Franca Church is a great option located on the banks of the sparkling Mandovi River in Britona, North Goa. This beautiful church promises scenic views of the landscape all around as well as offers an open-air wedding hall on fresh green lawns with a dance floor for a reception party. The well-maintained interiors of the Church are a testimony to the craftsmanship of the Portuguese in Goa with its simple yet beautiful design.
Reis Magos Church
Standing on the banks of the river Mandovi in a village called Bardez, the Reis Magos Church makes for a very pretty picture with its magnificent flight of steps leading to the church, from where you can get a breath-taking view of the river.
Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible. Magos itself comes from the old Persian word ‘Magupati’, which was a the title given to priests in a sect of Zoroastrianism who followed the patterns of the stars religiously. The church’s interiors are very impressive with its most distinctive highlight being the exquisite wood carvings of the three Magi (kings) visiting the crib after the birth of Child Jesus at Bethlehem. The village of Bardez is famous for two of Goa’s famous structures; the Reis Magos Church and the Reis Magos Fort, which is a stunning venue to host a rustic, fairy-tale-like wedding as well.
Our Lady of Pilar Church
Our Lady of Pillar Church, located in Velha has a magnificent view from the hilltop surrounded by a typically gentle Goan landscape of palms and paddy, low hillsides and the Arabian Sea. Apart from being pretty, its location is also extremely convenient and within close proximity of a many wedding venues such as Coco Loco, Cotta Mansion, Blueberry Hills, Kesarval etc. Our Lady of Pilar is the name given to the apparition of Virgin Mary. Mary is often depicted carrying the Child Jesus in her arms resting above a pillar, and hence the name Our Lady of Pilar
Well, these are a few churches we have written about. Goa has many more beautiful churches with historic and nostalgic backgrounds. For more information on churches in Goa, speak to one of our planners on the Wedding Team!