A magnificent complex of churches spread along a 1.5-km (1-mile) stretch marks the site of Old Goa, the Portuguese capital until the mid-18th century. Portugal’s Goa Dourada (“Golden Goa”) was once a city inhabited by more than 30,000 people. The area, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has two of the state’s most important religious monuments, the Basilica de Bom Jesus and the grand Sé Cathedral.


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