5 must-visit historical places in North Goa

North Goa, located along India’s blue coastline, draws visitors with sandy shores, a lively culture and a rich history. Surrounded by the lively vibe of water sports and beach parties, there are undiscovered gems that tell stories of colonial conquests and bygone ages.

Here are 5 must-visit historical places in North Goa


1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Situated in North Goa, the Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is a remarkable architectural and beauty. This is one of the most ancient sites in Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in 1594, and historians believe it coincides with the beginning of Christianity on the Indian subcontinent.

2. Fort Aguada

Built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, Fort Aguada is located where the Mandovi River meets the Arabian Sea. This fort is located near Sinquerim Beach, 18 kilometres from Panjim. The fort’s distinguishing feature is the four-story lighthouse.

3. Chapora Fort

Situated on a rugged hill with a view of stunning Vagator Beach, Chapora Fort is alluring and fascinating. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, this weather-beaten bastion has seen centuries of conquests and transitions of power.

4. Se Cathedral

The Se Cathedral, near the Basilica of Bom Jesus, stands out as an image of divine magnificence. Built in the 16th century to mark Portugal’s triumph over Muslim rulers, this spectacular church is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria.

5. St. Augustine Tower

St. Augustine Tower is situated near the Bom Jesus Basilica. Even now, its parts remain standing. There is a long and rich history of Portuguese rule in the state of Goa, which includes this historical location. This site’s ruins are now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.