Popular as the Panjim Church, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is among the prime attractions of the city. It is one of the oldest churches in Goa and the architecture is amazing. This church has also been popular as a film shooting location. Each year, on 8th December the Feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated and the church is beautifully decorated. A huge bell was installed at the Panjim Church that belonged to the Augustinian Church of Our Lady. The bell is so heavy, due to which the entire pediment had to be renovated before installation. It is even acclaimed as the second largest bell in the world.
The interior of the church is simple and pleasing. There are three altars inside the Church – the main one dedicated to Mary Immaculate, one to Jesus and the third one to Our Lady of the Rosary. Marble statues of St Peter and St Paul are also there in the church. The view of Panjim city from the top is just astonishing. Bairro Altos de Pilotos, or the area above the church can also be visited. Earlier large beacons were lit here to guide ships.
The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception should not be ruled out of your travel itinerary. The white exteriors with blue highlight look stunning, particularly in the evening. The experience is admirable.