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Churches of Goa

Goa Tourism Guide > Goa > Religious Places > Catholic Churches

 

CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW
This famous church of Goa Velha was originally built in 1583 but was abandoned for fear of its collapse. The present church, named after the Patron St. Andrew, the Apostle, was built in 1868 in a different place at the same village. The most remarkable feature of this church is the Procession of All Saints, the only such procession besides Rome, when 31 statues of the saints are taken in a procession on the 5th Monday of Lent around the whole village covering some 2-km distance. In the beginning, the number of

 
statues was 65. The statues were taken from the Monastery of the Capuchos at Pilar in 1835 after the extinction of this religious order.
 
CHURCH OF ST. CAJETAN
Built in the style of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in c.1655 AD near the Viceroy's Arch at Old Goa, it is well maintained and a splendid example of Christian architecture. It was built by Italian friars of the Order of Theatines who were sent by the Pope Urban III. Now known as the Church of the Divine Providence. A pastoral college for newly ordained priests is adjacent to it.
 
CONVENT AND NUNNERY OF SANTA MONICA
Opposite to Church and Convent of St. John of God, on the right fork of the road, lies the Convent of Santa Monica. The construction started in 1606 was completed in 1627, but destroyed in a fire in 1636 and re-built in 1637. Also referred to as Royal Monastery, the church in the monastery is dedicated to St. Mary. The building now houses the Mater dei Institute for nuns, which was inaugurated in 1964.Built like a fortress, it is significant for its massive walls and buttresses. It is the only nunnery in Goa.
OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
It is one of the oldest buildings in Panaji. Founded before 1541 and rebuilt in 1619, it is the focal point of the city's religious feasts.
 
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
Built in 1544-49 at Old Goa in Manueline style, it is the oldest remaining church in Goa. This was built in fulfilment of a vow taken by Afonso de Albuquerque during fight with the Bijapur forces. It bears an inscription about the conquest of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510.
 
SE CATHEDRAL
It is the most imposing of all churches at Old Goa. Its vaulted interior overwhelms the visitors by sheer grandeur. Architecturally, Portuguese-Gothic in style, the exterior of the building is Tuscan and the interior Corinthian. This Cathedral has five bells of which one is the famous Golden bell, the sound of which is immortalised in a Portuguese poem, the biggest in Goa and one of the best in the world. The church is dedicated to St. Catherine. The construction of this church began in 1562, the main body was completed in 1619 and the altars in 1652. The Portuguese Government built it for the Dominicans.
 
 

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