Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Churches and Convents of Goa

Goa was the capital of the Portuguese Indies and a center of evangelization where several churches of that time can be found. I don't know exactly how many and which but according with Wikipedia there are at least 7. Maybe there're more because I received a card of the St Antony Chapel in Old Goa and it's not in the Wikipedia's list. However, I'm not sure if it's one of the churches listed by UNESCO or not... But the Basilica of Bom Jesus, that's for sure!

Basilica of Bom Jesus
This postcard was sent by Prashanth

The Basilica of Bom Jesus (...) holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule.
Construction work on the church began in 1594. The church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes.
This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and in India. The floor is of marble inlaid with precious stones. Apart from the elaborate gilded altars, the interior of the church is simple. The church also holds paintings of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. The mausoleum, on the top of which is placed the silver casket with the body of St. Francis Xavier (1696), was the gift of the last of the MedicisCosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany. - in: wikipedia

Chapel of St Anthony
This postcard was sent by Ludovico

The Chapel of St Anthony, dedicated to the saint of the Portuguese army and navy, was one of the earliest to be built in Goa, again on the directions of Afonso de Albuquerque in order to celebrate the assault on the city. Like the other institutions around it, St Anthony’s was abandoned in 1835 but was brought back into use at the end of the 19th century and is now partly in use as a convent. - in:

These are the churches according with Wikipedia + the Chapel of St. Anthony (in red what I have):

  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário
  • Sé Catedral of Goa
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Chapel of Santa Catarina
  • Ruins of the Church of St. Augustine
  • Church of Divine Providence (São Caetano or Saint Cajetan)
  • Chapel of St Anthony

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