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Se Cathedral - Old Goa, Goa: 11 reviews and 26 photos
The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her. It's the largest church in Asia at over 76m long and 55m wide. It stands on what was the main square of the city with the grassy area at the front being the large market square. To the left was the Senate House and to the right was the Palace of Inquisition.
It was commissioned by Governor George Cabral to be enlarged in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure. The actual construction began in 1562 under the reign of King Dom Sebastião. The Cathedral was finally completed in 1619 and was consecrated in 1640.
It originally had two towers, but one collapsed in 1776 and was never rebuilt. The remaining tower houses a bell known as the "Golden Bell" and is said to be the largest in Goa, and one of the best in the world. The interior features a huge main altar that reaches the ceiling and is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. There are 8 chapels around the church which include the Chapel of the Cross of Miracles, where a vision of Christ is said to have appeared in 1619 (see next tip). The cathedral was used as the seat of the Archbishop of Goa.
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