India day two – The Old Goa Church

Today I hired a taxi to show me some of the sights of Goa. Our first stop was the Old Goa Church – also known as the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St. Frances Xavier are displayed. The church has an amazing amount of gilded surfaces while the ceiling is simple wooden plank. The day I visited there were a large number of Hindu men and women. They all seemed especially enthralled with a small glass boxed statue of our lady of Fatima which each passerby was inclined to touch with their flattened palm. Many also had ribbons of marigolds which they placed on statues in the courtyard.