Mae de Deus Church, Saligao, Goa, India

Mae de Deus Church, Saligao, Goa, India. For the people of the beautiful village of Saligao, the parish church was at neighbouring Nagoa village in Bardez – Holy Trinity Church – for more than three centuries. The foundation stone for the Mae de Deus Church was laid eventually on February 7, 1867, and it was inaugurated on November 26, 1873, with Fr Caetano Xavier de Abreu from Panjim being the first parish priest of Saligao. Major Martins, Inspector of PWD then drew the Gothic plan of the Catholic church, similar to that of the famed Basilica of Notre Dame in Paris. Info source: "Saligao: Focus on a Picturesque Goan Village" by J Patrocinio de Souza and Alfred D'Cruz. It is the only Catholic church in Goa with such a fascinating facade and certainly it is among the most photographed churches in Goa. In fact, one has to travel through Saligao to go primarily to Calangute, Candolim, Arpora, etc (from Panjim). Moreover, the CHOGM road – the tourist highway – passed through the village and offers a grand view, across green paddy fields, from the main road. (Photo Courtesy By Joel D'souza)