Church of St. Cajetan

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Timings : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Time Required : Around 1 hour

Entry Fee : Free

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St. Cajetan Church, Goa Overview

The Church of Saint Cajetan, located in Old Goa close to the Se Cathedral, is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa. It is the church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman built in the second half of the 17th century. The only surviving domed structure in Goa, the church is admired for its wonderful and graceful architecture that reminds you of Basilica of St. Peter in Rome.

Initially called the Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, it is a part of the World heritage site, churches, and convents. It is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan even though the church is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence. Inside the church on the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St.Clare and the right-side altars are dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Though the building is 300 years old, it has been wonderfully preserved and is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.

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How to Reach Church of St. Cajetan

The beautiful Church of Saint Cajetan lies about half a kilometer away to the northeast of the Se Cathedral in Old Goa or Velha Goa, near the ruins of Viceregal Palace. The church is just 11km away from the capital city of Panjim and can be easily reached by taking one of the local transport buses to Velha or by using your own vehicle through the Ponte De Linhares Causeway.

Architecture of the Church

Constructed in the Corinthian style both internally and externally one can notice a blend of mosaic in the internal structure and Baroque elements in the gilded altars. The church has one main altar dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence and the rest six has angelic figures dominating the twisted shafts.
Built out of laterite blocks which are lime plastered, one can notice that both the left and the right side has three altars each. On the canvas of the altars, scenes from the life of St. Cajetan is depicted which adds to the grace and extravagance of the location.

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