- Weekly Off:
- Time to See:
- 60 minutes
- 1:30 hrs
- Enjoyed By:
- Families, Backpackers
- Mode of Payment :
- Cash ;
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Located in Old Goa, about 9 kilometers (6 miles) from Panaji, Se or St. Catherine’s Cathedral is a symbol of wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese who dominated the seas from the Atlantic to Pacific. The cathedral took about eight years to be built and was not consecrated until 1640. Today, it not only stands larger than any church in Portugal, but is also the largest church in Asia and the prestigious seat of archdiocese of Goa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Se Cathedral is popular with the local Goans and Christians from world over.
The façade of this west-facing cathedral is Tuscan in style, flanked with 30.3-meter-high (101 feet) square towers. Interestingly, one surviving tower houses the largest bell in Asia from the 17th century. Legend has it that the bell tolled during the infamous Inquisition to announce the beginning of the gruesome Acts of Faith, when heretics were hauled out of the Palace of Inquisition’s dungeons across the square. Marvel at the intricately-designed Corinthian interiors with huge columns separating the 76-meter-long (253 feet) central space from the side aisles. As you explore the cathedral you will come across as many as 15 altars and a grand altar dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. Appreciate the ornamentation of the gilded main altar decked with nine carved frames and a magnificent crucifix. Notice the murals on the panels depicting the life of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Steeped in history and folklore, this architectural masterpiece is a pleasure to explore and offers some precious moments of solitude.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Se Cathedral is the largest church in Asia and the prestigious seat of archdiocese of Goa.
The site is very peaceful and free of irritants.
Dress appropriately, avoid wearing short or revealing clothes.
You can take a private taxi or hire a motorcycle. Besides, there are frequent buses from Panaji to Old Goa. You can drive comfortably on NH 4A, which begins as the Ribander Causeway, runs east along the Mandovi River, and continues south-east to Ponda.
You will be indoors
April, May, June, July, August, September
The church also has a small art gallery housing old paintings.
Things Not Allowed
No such restriction.
Keep your tone low in the church, and turn your phone to silent mode
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