The beautiful Goa is known for its epic coastlines that stretch along the Arabian Sea. The beaches alone draw large crowds to Goa. Resort hotels, guest houses and villas offer accommodation for backpackers as well as luxury travellers. The lush greenery and plentiful natural beauty of the area, makes it the ideal destination for rest and relaxation. Alila Diwa Goa, a mere twenty minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport, is palatial property that offers a truly unique resort experience.
Travelling down to South Goa, you will find yourself in the capital Margao. It is a busy market town and major transport hub of the south. You will see modern developments taking over historic sites but there are still a few cultural gems worth seeing. The Church of the Holy Spirit was first built in 1564 by Portuguese Jesuit missionaries. An important Hindu temple, which stood on that very site was torn down in order to make way for the church. The Portuguese destroyed many of the local temples, libraries and other buildings in Margao to make way for their own.
The newly constructed white washed church did not last one year because it was burnt to the ground by Muslim raiders. A seminary was founded in its place thereafter but again Muslim forces invaded to take it down. The church that stands today was built in 1675 and it functions as a parish church. The interior of the church is richly decorated with intricate floor to ceiling carvings, ornamental screens and figurines which are set in a gold façade. The large cross that hangs within dates back to the late 17th century. The church can be entered from the side entrance on the northern side at any time of day.
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