Reis Magos Church

REIS MAGOS CHURCH

Lying on the banks of the Mandovi River, the small hamlet of Reis Magos is home to two famous landmarks of Goa - the Reis Magos Fort and the Reis Magos Church. It is also one of only three places in Goa, where the unique Feast of the Three Wise Men is held. Reis Magos lies off the main road, which passes through the fishing and boat-building villages of Betim and Verem on the way to the more famous tourist spots of Calangute and Candolim beaches. The Church, whose whitewashed gabled facade is visible from across the river in Panaji, was built in 1555. Fransiscan friars, who were in charge of missionary work for the area, took over the church and founded a small seminary here.
The Church interiors are quite colourful and impressive, with the highlight being the multi-coloured wood relief showing the Three Wise Men (Reis Magos) bearing gifts to the baby Jesus, which is the centerpiece of the elaborately carved and painted reredos behind the high altar.

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