Se Cathedral…that took a hundred years to build

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Church number two for us was the Se Cathedral. You cross the street form The Basilica of Bom Jesus and reach the huge square that houses the Se Cathedral and Church of St Francis of Assisi. Even though we had gone to Goa in mid February the sun was scorching hot. Walking from the parking to all the three churches was quite a task. I found the Se Cathedral to be the most beautiful of the three.

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The Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the muslims. The work started in 1562 and it took a hundred years for the church to be completed. The cathedral stands on a limestone plinth. The interiors are Cornithian and the exteriors are Tuscan architecture. The Church has a high domed ceiling supported by huge pillars.

There are eight chapels. Each is beautifully decorated and ornately carved.

The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is housed behind a filigree screen which you might not find open all the time.

The walls and arches are decorated with beautiful paintings and the floor is covered with stone slabs with Portuguese writing on it.

 

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