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Goa is considered a masterpiece of Portuguese planning and architecture in India. One such striking inclusion to the beautiful city is the Convent of Santa Monica and the Chapel of The Weeping Cross. Built in 1606 in Monte Santo, the historic building took a total of 21 years to get constructed. It was believed to be Asia’s first and largest nunnery that could accommodate around 300 people at once. Perched atop a hill, the church gives a vision of an olden day fortress with massive courtyards and big buttresses. It houses four altars dedicated to St. Monica (mother of St. Augustine), Bom Jesus, Immaculate Mary and Crucified Christ (popularly known as The Weeping Cross).
In ancient days, the church not only welcomed nuns but also widows and also females whose husbands were travelling for work and they were willing to devote their time to Christ. Currently, a part of the church has also been converted into a Museum of Christian Art with dedicated works of ivory and silver, manuscripts and sculptures etc. belonging from the 16th - 19th centuries.
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