Sé Cathedral of Santa Catarina, Old Goa

This is not only the largest church in India, but in all of Asia. Construction began in 1562 under Portugese King Dom Sebastião’s orders to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over a Muslim army, which resulted in Goa’s capture. Since the day of the victory fell on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her.

This church is best known for its giant bell, aptly named the Golden Bell. It is the largest in Asia and is known for its melody and tone.

Another notable feature lies to the right of the main altar: The Chapel of the Cross of Miracles, which contains a cross that had inexplicably (and miraculously and significantly) expanded since a vision of Jesus Christ appeared in 1619.

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