Known to be the largest church in Asia, the Se cathedral was built in the 16th century and is a celebrated building of Goa. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army. This victory led to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510 on the same day as the feast of Saint Catherine. So, the Portuguese dedicated this church to her.
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Construction of the Se cathedral began in 1562 and was completed in 1619. It was consecrated in the year 1640 and since then, has continued to be one of the most important structures of Old Goa. There are several paintings inside the cathedral and one large bell called the Golden Bell. The Chapel of the Cross of Miracles is to the right is where a vision of Christ is said to have appeared in 1919. Six panels contain carvings that portray scenes from Saint Catherine’s life.
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