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Visit Duration: 24 hours

Timings: All day

Entry type: Paid

Entry Details: Free

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The Cathedral is devoted to the St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is said that it was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Alfonso Albuquerque who destroyed the Muslim army and ownership of the city of Goa. Consequently, it is also called St. Catherine's Cathedral. In the Cathedral was presented with "The Golden Rose" by Venerable Pope Pius XII. It is a fully gold ornament  which the Popes of the Catholic Church have traditionally favoured and given as a symbol of devotion or affection god.

You can say that it is placed on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. And it was approved by the Governor George Cabral to be spread in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure. Formation of the church began in 1562 and the church was completed in 1619 which was consecrated in 1640. It is a perfect place to experience some new blend of peace and tranquillity. You will be able to feel positivity when you visit this sacred place.

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Legend of Saint Catherine of Se Cathedral

Catherine was a lady who was considered as a Christian Saint according to their tradition, and she was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan Emperor Maxentius. It is definite that she was both a princess and a scholar and who became a Christian at around the age of 14 and also  she had converted hundreds of people to Christianity, and was martyred around the age of 18.

Saint Catherine was known as a spiritual pathfinder and raised her voice against the oppression of the Christians people under the rule of Roman emperor Maxentius. She was as strong as logical with her arguments that the king himself was incapable of countering them and so at last he formed a committee of 50 philosophers to debate her ideas.

Aftermath  even the assembly conceded defeat in front of her and confessed  that Christianity was their belief. Out of anger the king burnt the philosophers alive and sent st.catherine to prison. Saint Catherine did not give up, and she succeeded in converting not only the jailers but also the king's wife. It is believed that she had shown the path of Christianity to more than 200 people. Even when she was facing the worst problem in her life, she was continuing to stretch the word of Jesus. 

Saint was honoured with the title of"patroness of the wheel-wrights' ' because it is also believed that when she was fastened with a spiked wheel as it was mentioned in Saint's death sentence the wheel broke and she was left uninjured. And when she was finally beheaded, it is said that Angle took her remains and laid them to rest atop Mount Sinai. 

When you are able to visit the Se Cathedral you can witness Saint Catherine wearing various types of ornaments- a crown portraying her royal birth and she has a book  in her hands, which signifies that she  has the sound knowledge as she points to a spiked wheel which reveals her martyrdom.

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Se Cathedral Church Overview

The Cathedral is devoted to the St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is said that it was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese ruler Alfonso Albuquerque who destroyed the Muslim army and ownership of the city of Goa. Consequently, it is also called St. Catherine's Cathedral. In the Cathedral was presented with "The Golden Rose" by Venerable Pope Pius XII. It is a fully gold ornament  which the Popes of the Catholic Church have traditionally favoured and given as a symbol of devotion or affection god.

You can say that it is placed on the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. And it was approved by the Governor George Cabral to be spread in 1552 on the remains of an earlier structure. Formation of the church began in 1562 and the church was completed in 1619 which was consecrated in 1640. It is a perfect place to experience some new blend of peace and tranquillity. You will be able to feel positivity when you visit this sacred place.

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The architecture of Se Cathedral:

The architecture of the  Se Cathedral is awe-inspiring and as elegant as time. The whole architectural style is a blend of Gothic elements and the typical Portuguese style or you can see that the architecture style of the Se Cathedral is Portuguese-Manueline. There are two different techniques that were opted to make the church. The exterior was made in Tuscan style and the interior has been built in Corinthian style. With dimensions of 250 feet height long and 181 feet wide as it is, this church has a delightfully decorated entrance with picturesque views which measures around 115 feet in height.

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