The St. Francis of Assisi is a prestigious neighbor, situated in the compound of Se Cathedral church, Goa. Created in the year 1517 by famous eight Franciscan friars, the church is now contributing tremendously in making Goa a dominant tourist spot of the globe. It is positioned in Old Goa but a magnificent example of religious art and architecture. It’s a laterite block construction and plastered with lime having two highly adorned alters on either side. The north side of the main altars is festooned with a belfry and sacristy. Jesus on the cross and St. Francis of Assisi, the two prime decorated statues notably exists in the church area is accountable in making Goa a worth traveling destination.
This west facing Church, The St. Francis of Assisi, has a nave with three chapels on either side, a choir; two alters in the transept and a main altar. The convent creates an annexure to the church, now also able to come with the Archaeological Museum. The exterior of the Church and main entrance was made in Tuscan and Manuline style respectively. The internal support walls, separating the chapels, which sustained the gallery on top, have frescoes viewing intricate floral designs.
On the frontage there stands a statue of our lady of miracles brought from Jaffna in Sri Lanka. A wooden pulpit with imprinted floral designs in the left on one enters make the church a unique and significant one. The three vows of the Saint - poverty, humility and obedience are inscribed under the two major figures of the church. On either side of the main altar, a gorgeous bulky painting on wood, representing the scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assai is extensively telling the story of Goa as well as the locale.