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Goa - Chapel of St. Catherine in Old Goa

Thursday, March 26, 2015

St Catherine Chapel is located very close to Church of St Francis of Assisi.
Entrance to St Catherine Chapel

Chapel built of Chire. Stone used in the construction of houses across Goa. The Front of the church is painted white in portions, rest is chire so it has the color of stone, Red. 

No services are held here. 

The Chapel is dimly light on the inside, hence the photos are dark.
Interiors made of Chire, the place where once stood the Altar
This Chapel was built in 1510 by Afonso de Albuquerque the then Portuguese Governor. The day he conquered this part of Goa from Adil Shah of Bijapur, it was the feast of St Catherine, so the Chapel was built to commemorate the same. 25th November 1510 is the feast of St. Catherine. 
Another entrance to the Chapel
On the opposite side of the road, I saw a small portion of the wall. Not sure what it was though we landed to explore it. But history states that it was the fort wall.  Afonso de Albuquerque entered the fort via this wall, after conquering this fort from Adil Shah he demolished the mosque and built the Chapel in its place. 


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