Se Cathedral, dedicated to St Catherine is one of the most imposing churches of Old Goa.
The Se Cathedral wast built to commemorate the victory of Afonso Albuquerque, which was won on the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
This is the largest church in Asia.
With its superb Iberian façade, soaring ceilings, fabulous mosaic work, intricate wood and gilded carvings, the Se Cathedral, also sometimes called St. Catherine’s cathedral is an absolute must-see for any visitor in Goa.
The construction of Se Cathedral in Goa started in 1562 and ended in 1652. The hundred years spent on this construction, have indeed been well worth it, as the proud cathedral still stands tall and almost unblemished today.
The main altar is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria. Besides the main altar there are eight chapels along the sides of the nave and six altars at the transept.
Within the church is the chapel of the Cross of Miracles, where a vision of the Christ has been said to have appeared in 1919. It is also credited with phenomenal power and significance some legends state that it is constantly, if slowly, growing, whilst others claim to have seen water spring from the rock upon which the cross is built.
As you enter through the main façade, there are Corinthian columns supported on plinths.
Some of the chapels within, have been concealed by wonderfully intricate wooden filigree screens, which have been carved to resemble foliage.
The church fills you with awe not only due to its history and architecture but also because of the peace and serenity that you feel within its interiors.
I lifted my gaze upwards to the towering spires and saw the Glory of God manifested through the work of men.