"Chapel of St. Catherine" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint Catherine's Chapel - Old Goa Tip by bpwillet

  Chapel of St. Catherine exterior-Old Goa
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  • Chapel of St. Catherine exterior-Old Goa - Goa
      Chapel of St. Catherine exterior-Old Goa
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  • Altar area of St. Catherine's-Old Goa - Goa
      Altar area of St. Catherine's-Old Goa
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  • Front facade of St. Catherine's-Old Goa - Goa
      Front facade of St. Catherine's-Old Goa
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This chapel sits on an older site of an earlier chapel built in 1510 by Afonso de Albuquerque. It was built to commemorate his entrance to the city on St. Catherine's Day. The chapel was rebuilt in 1550 after Pope Paul III granted it cathedral status. It is possible that this was the main entrance to the Muslim city of Gove which Albuquerque would have entered in the early 1500's.

It is rarely open for visitors and the interior is of little interest. There are bats in the front by the alter and the light shines just right through the window, it can cause a great beam of light into the otherwise dark hall.

There is also a water "tank" area just next to the chapel grounds which could have been an earlier site for Muslims or even a Hindu temple.

Directions: Just before you get to St. Francis Church, 100m.

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  • Written Dec 27, 2005
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