Medak CSI Cathedral -The Largest Church in the Second Largest Diocese in the World After Vatican

Medak Church is the church of Medak Diocese of Church of South India (CSI), which is the Largest Diocese in Asia and Second Largest Diocese in the World, after the Vatican. This Medak Diocesan Church was consecrated on the Christmas Day in 1924.

Medak Church
Medak Church

Medak Church is the largest Church in the state of Telungana and is among the top 10 churches in India. Medak Cathedral is in the Gothic Revival style. The Cathedral Church at Medak is 200 feet (61 meters) in length and 100 feet (30 meters) in width. Six different colored mosaic tiles imported from Britain was used for the Church floors. Italian masons were assigned with the work of laying these decorative tiles for one of the famous churches in India.

This famous church in India, for which the construction began in 1914 and took 10 years to complete, originally belonged to Wesleyan Methodist Church of Great Britain. In 1947, when India got its Independence, this Church on 1000 acres of land became the property of CSI Medak Diocese. 5000 people can attend the church services at the same time!

Stained glass windows of the Church is the biggest attraction for the tourists. Different scenes of Christ’s life are depicted on these Stained glass windows. Bell tower of the Church has a height of 175 feet (53 meters) and is visible from miles away.

How Do I Go to Medak Church or Medak Cathedral Church?

Medak Cathedral Church is situated at the heart of the Medak Town. Medak town is the district headquarters for the district with the same name. Akanapet and Shankapur railway stations are the nearest railway stations at around 20 kilometers distance. Mirzapali Railway Station is at 25 kilometers distance to Medak city. Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport to Medak at 135 kilometers away.

Se Cathedral – An Ancient & Celebrated Church in Goa

Se Cathedral, Goa is one the most ancient and celebrated churches in India, situated to the west of the great square, ‘Terreiro de Sabaio’, in Old Goa, India. This famous church in India is one of the largest churches in India.

Se Cathedral Goa
Se Cathedral Goa.

Se Cathedral alias St. Catherine’s Cathedral at Goa was named after Saint Catherine of Alexandria. It was on her feast day anniversary in 1510 that Alfonso Albuquerque, took possession of the city of Goa from the enemy. To commemorate this emphatic victory, the Portuguese constructed this church at Goa.

In 1919, it is said that a vision of Jesus Christ appeared at the “Cross of Miracles”, one of the eight chapels at Sé Cathedral Goa, There are four chapels each, on both sides of the Se Cathedral.

The construction work for this Goa Church began in 1562 and the main church (except the main alter which is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria) was completed by 1619. St. Catherine’s Cathedral Church at Goa was consecrated in 1940; even though the main alter dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria, was completed only in 1652.

The Portuguese-Gothic style architecture of the church, with its Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior, is 250 feet in length (76 meters) and 181 feet (55 m) in breadth. There were two Bell towers to the church; one of the southern side collapsed in 1776. “Golden Bell”, the church bell at the Se Cathedral in Goa, is considered as one of the best bells in the world for its rich tone. You can hear the soothing church bell thrice a day.

There are many old paints on either wall sides of the main Alter, which are dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. There is a beautiful courtyard in the Se Church compound.

There is an Archaeological Museum housed in the adjoining old. The St Francis Xavier Church Goa or ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ alias Borea Jezuchi Bajilika, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept, stands to the west of this old Goa church. Saint Francis died on December 2, 1552 and his mortal remains were brought back to Goa after keeping it at Portuguese Malacca for around two years. Public viewing of body of Saint Francis is allowed once in every ten years and the last viewing was allowed in 2004.

How Do I Go to Se Cathedral Goa, the Famous Church in India?

Grand and impressive of all Churches in Goa, Se Cathedral Goa, is in old Goa. Old Goa is at around 10 kilometers distance from Panaji Goa, the capital city of Goa.

What are Mass Timings of Se Cathedral Goa?

Se Cathedral Goa, a famous church in India, has church masses at 7.15 a.m., 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m on Sundays and at 7.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m on Weekdays.