Sunday, May 17, 2009

Still Goa, but is this still India?

Remember, Goa was a Portuguese colony for roughly 450 years...

Below is the church in Siolim, the 'big' town in northern coastal Goa.  

Inside the Bom Jesus Cathedral, the tomb of St. Francis Xavier.  At the top you see the glass coffin which holds his incorruptible corpse.  

(Not kidding.)  

More scenes from Old Goa below.  Once the colonial capital of Portuguese Goa it is now a World Heritage Site and easily one of the most amazing places I've ever visited.  Sublime architecture, hybrid faith and worship, and huge expanses of clean green peace...  certainly a side of India I never would've expected, but one I love.

The last two are shots of Tiracol Fort.  Now a hotel (eek) but still so beautiful, remote and peaceful.  

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