Sunday, December 14, 2014

Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral

Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Interior view of Se Cathedral, towards the main altar.
It has been a while since I posted photos of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, as a part of the Old Goa Monuments series and my sincere apologies for delaying that photo series. Today's monument is Se Cathedral, a grand church of old Goa that was built in the first quarter of the seventeenth century. It is located opposite to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, adjacent to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of St. Catherine and the Archaeological Museum. Although this is the fourth photo post of this series, it was the second destination in my old Goa monuments itinerary. Se Cathedral is not only one of the most revered monuments of Goa but also one of the largest churches in Asia!
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Bougainvillea shrub could be a perfect foreground for Se Cathedral if the sun wasn't overhead!
The main altar of Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine and interesting, besides the main altar this church has eight more chapels and six altars. The richly gilded panel shows the martyrdom of the saint. On either side of the nave there are wooden statues of St. Paul and St. Peter. Several gilded and painted episodes over the walls are sure to earn your liking.
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
Main altar of Se Cathedral with its richly gilded panel, showing martyrdom of St. Catherine.
The interior of Se Cathedral has Corinthian style of architecture whereas its exterior has Tuscan pattern. A bell-tower on southern side of its facade used to possess a golden bell which was heard all over the Goa! I don't think I have to specially recommend you to visit Se Cathedral because every tourist/traveler whoever visits Old Goa doesn't give it a miss. Here I end my blah-blah so that I can start choosing photos for the next post of this series.
Old Goa Monuments - Se Cathedral
On your right lies the Se Cathedral. To me this whole frame resembles an European university.

6 comments:

  1. Another great post...the second pic is awesome...

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  2. I loveeee the pic with bouganville in the foreground. Such a beautiful shot.
    But ,the chandelier in the 1st and third pic are different isn't it? How come, the main altar in the same angle shows chandeliers differently!*raking my brains*
    I loved the third one better, which shows the altar in colour.
    :D
    Good to see the post after a gap, Anunoy.

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    1. Hahaaa... just the difference in distance from the altar... the chandelier you can see in color photo is also there in that previous one but got blended somewhere due to b&w hues :-P

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  3. I like the chandelier in the 3rd pic :)

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