Timings : 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : For Adults: INR 5 <br> For Children: INR 2
Located adjoining a convent that is more than 700 years old, Santa Monica, Museum Of Christian Art has a fine collection of Christian artefacts belonging to the 16th century when Portuguese ruled the state of Goa. The exquisite Museum was founded in 1994 with the help of Archdiocese of Goa and was financed jointly by the Portuguese Association and Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). The 2,000 sq ft Museum has over 150 artefacts to show which the curators believe would incite in the people’s mind the rich art and heritage of Christianity in Goa. The artworks also show the cultural harmony within the people of India as many of the Christian sculptures were carved by local Hindu artists. The attraction is apt to get a glimpse into the past that changed the face of Goa.
The Museum was established with a view of conserve and exhibit valuable artefacts and create a love for Christian art among the general public. It has numerous exhibits in store with ethereal structures and mind-blowing art made up of Ivory, precious stones, metal and valuable items. The uniqueness of the Museum of Christian Art is that the visitors can relate the statues and sculptures with Indian culture as there is an Indian look and feel to the Christian characters. You can combine a visit here with a visit to Basilica De Bom Jesus, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is just a stone's throw away.
See the things used by the Priests:
The Museum of Christian Art possesses a number of collections which establishes the connection between Goa and the Christian culture. The ornate and embroidered vestment which the Priests wear for saying Mass is one of them. The ‘mass kit’ or the collection of items which the priests used to carry with them while travelling to nearby villages is another interesting thing to see.
Witness beautiful paintings and sculptures:
There are a number of exquisite artistic marvels in the Museum in the forms of the beautiful painting of St Ursula which once was on the wall of the Se Cathedral of Santa Catarina of Goa and a sculpture of Jesus named the Good Shepherd dating back to the 17th Century carved from ivory. An exquisite bust of St Margaret of Antioch is another wonder in the Museum of Christian Art which has a noticeable cavity on its chest and a mythological creature (probably a dragon) reclining in front of it. Apart from these notable exhibits, there are also some sculptures and paintings made with valuable items, carving on wood and ivory, chalices and salvers made up of expensive metals which you simply cannot miss. Crucifixes, ornaments and other holy implements used in the Masses are also present for display in the Museum of Christian Art which depicts the connection between Christianity and the people of Goa.
Pay a visit to the Church of Weeping Cross:
You can also visit the Church of the Weeping Cross which is situated adjacent to the Museum of Christian Art. Though poorly maintained, the Statue on the Cross in this Church is important as locals say that the Statue wept tears of blood in the 17th Century, after which many pilgrims frequented the Church in order to witness the miracle once again.
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