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.

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa

Goa’s Beaches, Churches, World Heritage Sites

Goa’s Beaches, Churches and World Heritage Sites are a Tourist’s Paradise along the Arabian Sea Coast in India. Goa is one among the most popular Indian holiday destinations in India.

Goa is geographically the smallest state in India and is bounded by Maharashtra and Karnataka states. The state is the richest state in terms of GDP per capita in India.

Panaji is the capital city and ‘Vasco da Gama’ is the largest city. It was a Portuguese colony from 15th century till 1961, when it became part of India as a Union territory. In the year 1987 this state became an independent state of India.

There are many beaches in this small state. Baga Beach, Candolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Vagator Beach (this beach looks like a private beach), etc, are some of the main beaches here. There are many restaurants at the waterfront serving the needs of local and international tourists. These waterfront restaurants serves traditional food as well as local dishes.

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa

This tiny state has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; The Bom Jesus Basilica and The Churches and Convents of Old Goa. The Bom Jesus Basilica has the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier and is a famous and old Goa charch. Se Cathedral is another old Goa charch. There are many other churches at Goa, that attracts a lot of tourists.

The state is one of the main tourist centers in India, visited by local and international tourists. Year-end is the peak tourist season here.

Dudhsagar Falls on Karnataka Border is one of the most beautiful water falls, at around 60 kilometers away from the Capital city, Panaji.

The rock art engravings in and around the state, indicates its rich cultural heritage, dating back to more than 20000 years.

Climate is that of tropical monsoon. It is hot and humid during most of the year, except during monsoon season.

How Do I Go  Goa’s Beaches, Churches, & World Heritage Sites?

This tiny state is well connected by roads. Four National highways of India passes through the state.

The city is well connected by railway network to the rest of India. Indian railways and Konkan railways connects Panaji, the capital city, with other parts of the country.

Goa International Airport connects the state with the rest of the world.

Nitin Gadkari;  Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation; has announced on 9th November 2017, that  the Goa to Mumbai ferry service will resume from  December 2017.

There is also a catamaran service connecting the city with Mumbai.