Take the the road passing south of the Basilica of Bom Jesus and it will take you to a bifurcation. The prominent one at your left would lead you to the ruins of St. Augustine complex and the relatively narrower, mildly ascending path at right shall take you atop Monte Santo where you'll discover the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, one of the oldest churches of Goa built more than 450 years ago. This white, Gothic, archaic church with a brass bell at its top, surrounded by grassy lawns from all side, overlooks River Mandovi and undoubtedly your best bet if you're searching for peace and tranquility. Its strategic location on the top of the Holy Hill and lack of a second intruder may give you the pleasant illusion that you're vacationing in your own medieval castle!
|The inside of this church looks more like a military barrack!|
Wide rounded towers and multiple windows near the roof make this two storied church look like a fort. The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary has two chapels and three altars, among which the main altar is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary ("Our Lady of the Rosary" is a title of the blessed Virgin Mary). My photo series on Old Goa Monuments will continue, so do watch out for the next church, day after tomorrow. If you haven't checked out my earlier posts of this series, click here for a glimpse of the ruins of St. Augustine complex, or, the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
|The brass metal bell at the top adds an element of fantasy to the beauty of this archaic church.|