St. Augustine's Tower, Goa

Calangute Beach Goa

Why Visit?

  • One of the three great Augustinian churches in the Iberian world
  • Did you know: the bell at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church originally belonged to St. Augustine's Tower!
  • The ruins were featured in the movie song Gumnaam Hai Koi from the 1965 suspense thriller movie Gumnaam
  • Must visit for all History Buffs


St. Augustine Tower is located just 500meters from the famous Basilica of Old Goa . Once upon a time a vibrant & imposing church, now only a part of the front facade remains. Scale of the ruins are magnificent. One can only imagine the full glory of the finished church. A must see in old Goa for history buffs. Impressive ruins. You have to visit when you are in Old Goa. Still stands high & telling glorious past of Goa. 46 meter high Auguistine church tower & ruins of church is a UNESCO world heritage site. The most spectacular monument of Goa was built in 1602 by 12 Augustian monks. In 1835 Portuguese expelled Augustians resulted church was abandoned & later on ruined. This is worth visit monument of old Goa along with other churches. This tower almost in the ruin is normally given the miss by the usual tourists to Old Goa. All the more reason for you to visit this church in solitude.
History: Augustine friars who arrived in Goa in 1587 AD built a massive church known as Church of Our Lady of Grace in 1602 and this church was possibly the biggest in Goa. The church was abandoned in 1835 AD due to the repressive policies of Portuguese rulers resulting in neglect of the church and collapse of its vault in 1842. The church was destroyed except its facade, half of which fell down in 1931 and 1938 leaving half of the tower which can be seen today. Even in its present collapsed stage, the tower looks grand and tells the story of the time when it must have been really imposing. Worth spending sometime when in Goa.

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Timings & Time required to visit

Mon-Fri, 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

Entry Fee

Not Applicable

How to Reach?

Depends on your location of stay.Take a Taxi or a bus, or simply walk if your are staying very near. Other options are taking a Goa Tourism's Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing bus, hiring a two wheeler or a car depending on your budget (Taxi Rates). Travel Time - 10 mins from HOHO Goa Office.


  • You can use your imagination to picture how the majestic the church would have been.Go inside and see the excavations and get a feel of the history.

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