Se Cathedral – The Largest Church in the Continent
Goa is full of beautiful temples, churches and historic monuments. The basilica Bom Jesus that I visited earlier was one of the best structures I had visited till date. Even the Shanta Durga temple holds a charm owing to its unique ancient architecture and the legends associated with it. Goa in itself is a place of calmness and spirituality. So the next destination that I planned to visit was the Se Cathedral in Goa. It is renowned as the largest church in Asia and hence is visited by thousands of tourists annually.
Se Cathedral Goa | Image Resource : picturejockey.com
The giant bells and the exotic architectural style that this church depicts do not fail to attract tourists and historians as well as architects from all nooks and corners of the globe. The classical Iberian style of façade is another distinguishing feature of the Se cathedral. The church is reminiscent of the Portuguese influence in India when they put in immense toil and imagination to construct this mega structure. The talented engineers Julio Simao and Ambrosio Argueiro are known as the creaters of this majestic church.
The sky – high ceilings and beautiful decors on the interiors of the Se Cathedral are a treat to watch. This cathedral is a revered religious site for the entire Christian community. It comprises of the main alter which is dedicated to Catherine of Alexandria. The wood statues of the St. Peter and St. Paul also stand inside the Se cathedral. The construction of this cathedral begins long back in the year 1562 and was finally completed in around a century.
Interior of Se Cathedral Goa | Image Resource : cajie.blogspot.com
The grandest church in Goa displays Corinthian style of adornment on the interior portion. The Se cathedral is 250 feet long and 181 feet wide in dimension. Its exteriors display Tuscan fringes giving it a very lavish and exquisite look. The ambience inside the church is very calm and quiet. You can feel the silence and the positive aura in the premise.
The golden bell is the main attraction of the Se cathedral. It is a huge bell and is renowned for its rich tone. This giant structure is the largest bell in the entire state.