One of Goa’s most popular tourist sites will no longer welcome scantily-clad guests.
Holidaymakers booking cheap flights to Goa have been reminded to ensure they keep the region’s customs and traditions in mind during their time there.
This comes as reports suggest that one of Goa’s most popular tourist attractions is set to close its doors to scantily-clad holidaymakers.
As well as being popular with visitors from all over the world, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, is also an incredibly religious site, containing the holy remains of St Francis Xavier.
Dating back to the baroque period when Portuguese rule spread across the region, the building was one of the earliest Jesuit basilicas in all of India, with construction completed over 400 years ago.
The Times of India reports that visitors to the site will only be permitted entry if they are wearing suitable attire.
Friar Savio Barretto, rector of the basilica, told the news provider: “We are asking people to dress decently as we don’t want scantily-clad tourists into the premises. We don’t have any specific dress code but visitors should wear decent clothes.”
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is among the most notable tourist hotspots in Goa and contains relics dating back over half a millennium.
Written by Anthony Nicholson
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