Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Se Cathedral in Goa is one of Asia's Largest Churches

Located in Old Goa, Se Cathedral is one of the oldest religious buildings in Goa and among Asia's largest churches. It was constructed during sixteenth century by the Portuguese, to commemorate their victory over a Muslim army. It was commissioned by Governor George Cabral in the year 1552. Its construction began in 1562 and was completed in the early seventeenth century. It had two towers originally, but one of them collapsed in late eighteenth century.
Se Cathedral church in Goa
This cathedral has been built in the Portuguese-Manueline style of architecture with Corinthian interiors and Tuscan exteriors. It houses a large bell that produces a rich tone. Main altar in this church is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, and has many old paintings on its either side. The cathedral also has a baptismal font, which was used by the patron saint of Goa, Saint Francis Xavier, to baptise the Goans who had converted to Christianity.

Tourists can visit this cathedral during their vacation in Goa to explore its fantastic architecture and an interesting history. A stay in one of the best hotels in Goa would offer them greater convenience in getting to this church. They can also make a trip to many other interesting spots in Goa during their stay.


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