After the Basilica of Bom Jesus , another important place of worship, in Panaji , capital of the state of Goa , is the unique white Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception , built by the Portuguese in 1541 as a chapel, later, in the 17th century replaced by the current church. It rises in the heart of the capital, surrounded by a rice paddy and coconut orchards.
When Panaji was only a small village, the Portuguese ships, coming from Lisbon, docked here, the first port of call, and the sailors went to the Church of the Immaculate to thank the Madonna of the trip that was successful; from there, they continued to Goa Velha , Old Goa, capital of the small Indian state until 1843.
In Baroque style, the Church of Our Lady has interiors that are not excessively extravagant but very colorful. The main altar is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the other two, decorated and plated with gold, are dedicated, the one on the left to Jesus Crucified, the altar on the right, to Our Lady of the Rosary; the two altars are flanked by two marble statues, San Pietro and San Paolo.
In the bell tower, ropes reach the gigantic bell, recovered from the ruins of the Augustinian monastery of Old Goa.