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 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 paintings on either wall sides of the main Alter, which are dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. There is a beautiful courtyard for the Se Church compound.
Nearby Churches to Se Cathedral Goa
There is an Archaeological Museum housed in the adjoining Church of St. Francis of Assisi. This museum is called Archaeological Museum of Goa.
The St Francis Xavier Church or ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is another nearby church. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, where mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept, stands to the west of Se Cathedral. 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 from Nov. 22, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015.
How Do I Go to Se Cathedral Goa, the Famous Church in Goa?
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.