ST. CAJETAN CHURCH
Location : Old Goa
Built In : 1656
Style of Architecture : Italian renaissance with Baroque
Feast Day : August 7
St. Cajetan Church
There are many things that will make your jaw drop in India. The Church of St. Cajetan, a mere 3-minute walk from Se Cathedral, is indeed one of them. Some Italian monks of the Theatine Order (1656-1700) built this diminutive domed church on the lines of the Roman Basilica of St. Peter. Even though it is small as compared to other Christian places of worship in Goa, architecturally, it is applauded as the epitome of many churches. Visited by devotees of all sect and creed, the elegant, three storeyed Convent of St. Cajetan is known for its Corinthian coloumns and pilasters of gigantic proportion. Spare out some time to visit this magnificent construction, an animated magic of exquisite craftsmenship.
Interestingly, the external architecture is Corinthian whereas the interiors are adorned in a Mosaic-Corinthian way. In keeping with the general rule of the Theatine order, it has no separate towers, but turrets. The church has a nave and two side aisles with a Baroque interior richly ornamented with gilded altars and rare paintings. Instead of being classical in style, as suggested by the facade, the motifs are tempered by native art. The pulpit in the Rococo style, is a showpiece of Goan craftsmenship. The cupola indeed presents a majestic appearance, and because of the windows right around the dome, the interior of the church is always bright! Step into the nave and you can see an exquisite altar, unsurpassable in execution and design. Under this altar, you can see a crypt with a vault. Moreover, the covered well inside the alcove attests that it was once the site of a Hindu temple.
The Church of St. Cajetan is a three mins walk from the Se Cathedral, to the right of the Viceroy's Arch and beyond the gate of Yusuf Adil Shah's Palace in Old Goa. This serene, secluded patch of Old Goa is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River in east Tiswadi Taluka in Central Goa. Drive comfortably on NH 4A, which begins as the Ribander Causeway, runs east along the Mandovi River, through the rustic and continues south-east to Ponda. For more tourist related information contact GTDC, Old Goa Tourist Hotel, behind Police Station, near Gandhi statue.
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