The Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi dedicated to the patron saint of ecology, who was also one of the most devout followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, was built under the aegis of eight Fransiscan Friars from Portugal in the year 1517 as a small chapel. In the year 1521, it was upgraded into a church which was then consecrated in the year 1602. The current structure which tourists can see was erected in the year 1661 as per the command of the Portuguese Viceroy to India. This Church can be found just under a distance of 10 km from the capital of the state of Goa, Panaji. Featuring a blend of different styles of architecture, including Baroque and Corinthian influences on the inside and Tuscan influences on the outside, this chapel offers tourists a great spiritual and photography experience thanks to the intricate woodwork carvings, floral designs on the frescos, the statues and the numerous paintings depicting St. Francis’ life.