The Chapel of St. Catherine, Old Goa

St. Catherine is a small chapel but its importance can be gauged by reading an inscribed slab there: ‘Here in this place was the doorway through which Governor Afonse de Albuquerque entered and took this city from the Mohammedans on the day of St. Catherine in the year 1510 in whose honour and memory the Governor George Cabral, ordered this chapel to be built in the year 1550 at the expenses of His Highness.’ Albuquerque had built an earlier structure in 1510 to commemorate his entry into the city and dedicated it to the saint to whom he ascribed his victory. It was demolished to make way for this chapel. Pope Paul III issued a bill in 1534 raising this chapel to the state of cathedral and it remained so till the new cathedral was constructed.

Location: Old Goa

Distance from Panaji: Around 11 Km

Author: Planet Goa Team
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