Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, Goa - INDIA - UNESCO #234

What a glorious day this was, after the cards from Malaysia, the last on the mail pile was this amazing card from Goa, India (my first from India!) with the Bom Jesus Basilica (Borea Jezuchi Bajilika), another example of the Portuguese architecture and a truly awesome memory of a time when Portugal was one of the greatest nations on this planet. Thank you so much Dessai for this really special card. Goa is the 68th site in my UNESCO collection, only 913 to go! This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #234 - Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, Goa - INDIA

The Portuguese explorer Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa in 1510 and the Portuguese ruled the territory until 1961. The colony of Goa, which has its centre in Old Goa, became the capital of the vast eastern Portuguese Empire, sharing the same civic privileges as Lisbon. The churches and convents of Goa – particularly the Church of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb of St Francis-Xavier – illustrate the evangelization of Asia. These monuments were influential in spreading forms of Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art in all the countries of Asia where missions were established. 



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