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St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)
St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)

Free admission
Old Goa, Goa, India

The Basics

A monument to Portuguese military might, this gargantuan white edifice contains gorgeous interiors full of religious art and relics. Among these is the Cross of Miracles, where some visitors have had visions of Christ on the cross. The cathedral also houses a bell tower with the largest bell in the state. Many travelers come as part of an organized tour to learn as much as possible about the cathedral’s architecture, artworks, and history.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Goa

star-4
Ok..so this is a good tour with the...
King Charles B, Apr. 2018
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
Ok..so this is a good tour with the highlights being as described in the title. Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus were amazing. The interior of the church is rustic and ornate with the casket of St Francis Xavier, you can actually see the remains of the Saint. Be sure to go outside and into the courtyard for some sights of people cooking and a shrine to St Mary. Dona Paula Beach was nice, mostly some shopping the highlight was a ride in a TukTuk.
star-5
The tour was really good, we were...
Jose Antonio D, Sep. 2017
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
The tour was really good, we were lucky with the weather. The guide was fantastic showing us around Goa and the churches. The driver was excellent and friendly also.
star-5
I would recommend this tour which...
Dr R A B, Feb. 2015
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
I would recommend this tour which was very interesting in particular our guide Francis was very well informed ,courteous and most helpful
star-5
We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant...
Candace B, Sep. 2017
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
We love Goa mostly due to our pleasant knowledgeable guide.
star-5
Excellent guide, fascinating...
Jacqui M, Apr. 2014
Private Portuguese Heritage Tour: Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Dona Paula Beach in Goa
Excellent guide, fascinating architecture and great lunch after.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitors are expected to dress modestly, with clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.

  • If you visit during Mass, be respectful to worshipers and do not take photos, converse, or walk around.

  • The church is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in history or architecture.

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How to Get There

St. Catherine’s Cathedral is a popular stop on most tours of Goa that focus on churches or Portuguese colonial history. Those traveling independently will need to get to Old Goa, where the cathedral is located; doing so requires a 20-minute drive or taxi ride from Panaji (the state capital), or about 40 minutes’ drive from Calangute.

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When to Get There

The cathedral is open every day, from 7:30am to 6pm. Mass is held in the local language, Konkani, at 5:30am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; at 7:30am Thursday; and at 5pm Tuesday and Friday. Sunday services take place at 7:20am and 10am, and again at 4pm.

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Who was St. Catherine?

Considered a Great Martyr by those following the Eastern Orthodox tradition, St. Catherine was a Christian princess and a scholar who was killed around age 18 at the hands of Emperor Maxentius, a pagan (though some believe her story comes from a revised telling of the story of the pagan Neoplatonic philosopher Hypatia). There are many legends surrounding the saint, and Joan of Arc claims that Catherine visited her in a vision.

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