Timings : 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Time Required : 2 hours
Entry Fee : Free
The majestic white beauty of Se Cathedral in Goa is a shrine dedicated to Saint Catherine. The cathedral is also known as the Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina and is an important centre of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. It is also the focal point of the Patriarch of the East Indies. One of the largest churches in the whole of Asia, Se Cathedral took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of the city. Owing to such a dignified aura and the grandiosity of this architectural wonder, Se Cathedral has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
The edifice of Se Cathedral is an imposing example of imperial Portuguese - Manueline style of architecture. This cathedral has five bells, the most famous among them is the Golden Bell which is the biggest in Goa and one of the biggest in the continent. Apparently, the sound of the bell can be heard all over the state. Se Cathedral is simple in its design and consists of 14 altars, each one beautifully and intricately carved. Out of these, the main altar is embellished with gold plated The reredos which illustrates the life of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Se Cathedral also holds the honour of being the seat of the Archdiocese of Goa. A popular legend relating to this shrine states that a vision of Jesus Christ appeared in the church after which, the cross has been gradually increasing in size. Believers flock from all over the world to pay their respects to St. Catherine, making it one of the most revered churches in the region.
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