of the Church of St. Augustine Goa
The Tower of the Church of St.
Augustine is recognized as a highly praised landmark
in Goa. This is a 46 m high tower that used
to serve as a belfry and thereby it formed a major part of
the facade of this religious site.
The Tower of the Church of St. Augustine
is 400 years old. The construction began in 1597 and it continued
till 1602. Unfortunately, the name of the designer remains
unknown although it is assumed that the brilliant architect
was from Italy. Continued neglect turned the church into a
ruined structure around 1842. Though the church was almost
destroyed, the facade remained intact. In 1871, the huge bell
of the Tower of the Church of St. Augustine was transferred
to the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Panjim.
Half of the tower collapsed in 1931 and today, travelers from
all over the world get to see only a part of the once great
The Tower of the Church of St. Augustine is surely one of
the most spectacular monuments in Goa. Unfortunately,
most of the magnificent churches in Old Goa do not exist anymore
and they are now nothing more than just ruined towers or altars.
Only ten churches in the old city of Velha Goa (old Goa) exist.
The Tower of the Church of St. Augustine is one of the four
surviving towers of St. Augustine Church. It was built out
of laterite and the height of the tower is truly moving. You
can still explore the four remaining storeys of the tower.
The tower forms a significant part of the church. The church
features four altars, a convent with numerous cells and eight
Location and Access:
You will find the Tower of the Church of St. Augustine
on the top of a holy hill in Old Goa, Panaji.
You can avail the local transport and the state transports,
including buses, taxis, ferry services and the car rental
services. In short, the Tower of the Church of St. Augustine
is quite accessible from any corner of Goa.