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Pilar Beach
Location : 11 kms north of Panaji and 19 kms From Vasco
Attractions : Pilar Seminary, Countryside, Village.
Best Time to Visit : October to March
Pilar is a beautiful village in Goa, India, some 10 km from the state capital Panaji. It is on a hill top and has a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the mountains all around. The panoramic view of the great Arabian Sea was outstanding with the village surrounded by mountains.
The land has become a pilgrim centre with the visitors coming to venerate the bones of the priest Fr.Angelo. The seminary is a significant religious center of Christian missionaries. The seminary, school, and church enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside, the harbor, and the Zuari River.

The view from hill top is the most magnificent when you get a proper glance of Mormugao Harbor and the beautiful Zuari River. In the history, Pilar was surrounded by great cities and ports where ships come for a bustling trade.

Tourist Attractions in Margao

Pilar Seminary

Set on a small hill just south of the capital city of Panaji, along the National highway NH17 to Margao and Vasco, the Pilar Seminary is worth visiting for its quiet ambience, the small but interesting one-room museum and the spectacular views of the countryside from its location.

Church

The beautiful old Church at the Seminary has an exquisite baroque doorway made out of carved stone. A niche above the doorway holds a statue of St Francis of Assissi and the door has on it a carving of two crossed hands, symbolising Christ and St Francis. The tomb of Fr Agnelo d´Souza, who was the spiritual director of the seminary (1918-27), lies inside.

The new seminary

which opened in 1942 for training of priests to be sent all over India, lies at the top of the hill. There is a small museum, which houses fragments of pottery and temple sculpture excavated from the site including a lion - the Kadamba symbol, Portuguese coins and a beautiful carving of Mary Magdelene done in 1733 by a Goan sculptor.

How to Reach

By Air : Dabolim airport is the nearest airport which is situated at a distance of 39 kms from the Seminary.

By Bus :Tourist can drive down National highway 17 from Panaji till Goa Velha, and then turn left to Pilar.

Local Transport :Rickshaws and tourist taxis are available here to take you to the Pilar Seminary.