Our Lady of Piety Church

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    Location: 72C3+8X2, Sayli Rd, Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 396230, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1hour

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    Located just opposite the Tribal Museum, the Church of Our Lady of Piety is one of the oldest churches in the region. Built by the Portuguese in the late 18th century, the Church of Our Lady of Piety is well known for its imposing Gothic architecture and bears a stark resemblance to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. The grey exterior of the structure is built of stone and stands as a testament to the rich colonial past of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The wooden pews are also impressive, and the main altar of the church is truly magnificent. One of the walls of the church is equipped with a mural of the famous Last Supper, which is a great work of art. The church’s stained-glass windows add to its grandeur.


    Our Lady of Piety ChurchIn Silvassa, the church is one of the oldest standing buildings. This beautiful church proves to be a major attraction for history as well as architecture enthusiasts. Built in 1886-89, this church is a perfect showcase of Portuguese architecture. The exquisite design of this structure, standing strong even after all these years, is a testament to architectural skill. The most stunning structure of the church is the skillfully arranged inner and outer arches. 


    Our Lady of Pity, The Sorrowful Mother or Mother of Sorrows and, Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows or Our Lady of the Seven Dollars are names by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is referred to in connection with the sorrows of her life. As Mater Dolorosa, it is also a key theme for Marian art in the Catholic Church. A popular Roman Catholic devotion is The Seven Sorrows of Mary. In typical religious Catholic imagery, the Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted to a sad and tragic effect, with seven daggers piercing her heart, often bleeding. Devotional prayers containing meditations began to elaborate on Simeon’s prophecy based on his seven woes. Common examples of devotions under this heading are the Servite Rosary, or the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady and the Seven Joys of Mary, and more recently, the “Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary”. The Feast of Our Lady of Pettitte is celebrated every September 15 or in some cases October. The Seven Sorrows (or Dolores) are events in the life of Our Lady of Pity that are a popular devotion and often depicted in art. It is a common devotion for Catholics to say one Our Father and seven Hail Mary’s each day. Compared to the beach town of Daman, Silvassa is surrounded by green hills and meadows. Silvassa, the capital of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was another sleepy village until the 19th century. In 1885, the Portuguese decided to shift the headquarters from Dadra, changing the fortunes of Silvassa which later transformed into a city. After the Portuguese moved the base from Dadra, Silvassa was known as Villa de Paco d’Arques (after the town near Lisbon – Paco d’Arques, Orias). The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Pity was finally built by the Portuguese in Silvassa between 1886 and 1889. The exterior of the church is built of grey stone. But the stunning interiors resemble European Gothic architecture and bear a passing resemblance to Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Church of Our Lady of Petti is one of the oldest Portuguese churches located in the vicinity of the church damaged by an earthquake that shook the area in 1912. It was closed for renovations and reopened in June 1924 It is currently managed By Silvassa Pilar Samaj.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Our Lady of Piety ChurchThere are nicely arranged benches inside the church. The external beauty of the church is also amazing. The church is nicely decorated for many festivals. The night view of the church is beautiful. One of the walls of the church, which is a great work of art, is decorated with a mural of the famous Last Supper.

    Opening Hours

    The church is open on all days of the week from 7 Am to 7 Pm.

    Entry & Others Fees

    There is no entry fee. 

    How to Reach

    By Air: The nearest airport is seven kilometers away in Diu. Daily flights connect Mumbai and Porbandar. To reach Silvassa Auto-rickshaws can be hired from the airport. The nearest international airport is in Mumbai, about 180 km away. It is well connected to other Indian and international cities. Taxis are available from Mumbai to Silvassa. One can hire taxis to reach his desired place.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station is Vapi at a distance of 17 km. Vapi is well connected to major cities of India like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jodhpur, Hyderabad, Pune. From Vapi you can take a taxi, auto hire or take a bus to Silvassa. One can hire a taxi to reach his desired place.

    By Road: The convenient way to reach Silvassa is the Western Express Highway known as NH8. These highways take a man straight to his destination. State and private buses make it easy for tourists to reach Silvassa. One can hire a taxi to reach his desired place.

    Tips for Travellers

    Carry a bottle of water and some light snacks with you.

    Keep your belongings at your own risk.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes.

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