Dedicated to the Catherine of Alexandria, Se Cathedral is one of the ancient structures in Goa, which is classically Portugese brick by brick. The historic church is located in the old part of the state, right on the banks of the Mandovi river. Representing the royal and imperial atmosphere of the bygone Portugese era, Se Cathedral is an important attraction in Goa. Spread across a vast expanse, it is one of the largest churches in India.
This celebrated sacred building holds the prestige of being the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa. Owing to such a dignified aura and the grandiosity of this architectural wonder, Se Cathedral has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. One of the largest in Asia, the church was built to commemorate the victory of the Portugese army over the Muslim rule, prevailing that time.
As per one of the popular beliefs, it is said that a vision of the holy Christ appeared in the church and due to that, the cross is gradually increasing in size with every passing year. Gaining such a sacred mileage, Se Cathedral has become an ultimate destination for the Christians traveling from all over the world to Goa.
Flaunting a Portugese-Maneulin architectural style, the exteriors of the sprawling Se Cathedral are in Tuscan, while the interiors are Corinthian. The church tower houses a ‘Golden Bell’, which is highly appreciated for its rich tone. Main attraction on the inside is the altar, which is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria.
To everyone’s delight, the altar has several old paintings, decorated on both sides of it. Just near the offering place, one can see six panels, which depict various scenes from the life of Saint Catherine. Wooden statues of St Paul and St Peter are also very eye catching.
Adding to the charm of this main attraction in Goa is the adjoining archaeological museum, which stays open for the general public. Premises of the Se Cathedral church also contain a two storied edifice, known as the ‘Palace of Arch bishop’.
How To Reach
Old Goa is near about 9 kms from the capital city of Panaji. From Panaji, one can always hire locally running taxis, autos and buses to this part of the state. Same can also be said about the other nearby places to Se Cathedral as well.
There lies no entrance fee for visiting the holiest Se Cathedral church in Goa.