Built in 1541, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is located in the town center of Panaji, Goa’s state capital and is one of the main attractions of the town.
The chapel was later rebuilt, in 1619, into the church that stands there today. The architecture of the present church is a beautiful blend of the Portuguese-Baroque and Goan styles. The imposing façade is distinctive with its two towers and even taller belfry. It can be seen from a great distance, and is sometimes known as the ‘crown’ of Panaji. The interior of the church is comparatively simple, however, the decoration has been skillfully and gracefully executed both on the main altar and on the two sub-altars which flank it. The church houses the ancient bell that was removed from the Augustinian ruins of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and is considered to be the second largest of its kind in Goa.