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St. Cajetan Church

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St. Cajetan Church, Goa

Location   Old Goa, North Goa District

Significance Dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence

Attraction Refined architecture

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St. Cajetan Church in Old Goa is one amongst the most appealing constructions in the state. The structure was built in the year 1661 along the lines of the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. Some Italian friars who were sent to India to preach Christianity by Pope Urban VIII, had built the church of St. Cajetan. The church is named after St. Cajetan, the founder of the Theatine order. 

A mere 3 minutes walk from the Se Cathedral Church, the church of St. Cajetan is an architectural marvel. It may be small in comparison to the other prominent Christian places of worship but architecturally it stands above the rest. Pilgrims of all creed and sects in Goa visit the St. Cajetan Church. Interestingly, the exterior of the church reflects the Corinthian style of architecture while the interior displays a mix of mosaic-Corinthian architectures. The Corinthian columns and pilasters are the major highlights of its interiors. While you are in Goa spare some time to see the exquisite craftsmanship that adorns the structure.

St. Cajetan Church is the single alive domed church in Goa. The church is divided into two aisles and a nave. As you enter into the nave, you see the main altar which is matchless in design. The main altar has three other altars on each side. You will also see a covered well which affirms that the site had a Hindu temple once.


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