Se Cathedral

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    Location: Velha, Goa 403402, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 to 2 hours

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    Situated in Old Goa, at Panjim, Se Cathedral is dedicated to the St. Catherine of Alexandria. This church was constructed under Portuguese rule. It is one of the largest churches not only in India but also in Asia. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Goa, India. People from different places of the world come to visit this church every year. It has been recognized as one of the world heritage sites by UNESCO. It is one of the most ancient and religiously celebrated places in Goa. Whenever you are traveling to Goa, you must visit the magnificent place.


    You will find lots of reasons for visiting Se Cathedral. This is one of the oldest churches in India. You will be amazed by witnessing this magnificent place. This is a holy place and it will give you some positive energy. The surrounding area of the church is magnificent. This is an example of Portuguese architecture.  You will come to know about its glorious history while visiting this place. If you love to visit historical places then you can’t miss Se Cathedral. The atmosphere of this place is wonderful. You can spend a good time here.


    Interior historical view of Se cathedral church.

    The word Se is a Portuguese word that means “See.” This church was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army. This church was commissioned by Governor George Cabral to be in 1552on the remains of an earlier structure. In 1552 the construction of the church began in the reign of King Dom Sebastiao. In 1619 construction of the Cathedral was completed. 

    The church had initially two towers but one was collapsed in 1776 and it wasn’t rebuilt. The Cathedral was presented with “The Golden Rose” by Venerable Pope Pius XII in 1953. The Golden Rose is an ornament, which the popes of the Catholic Church have traditionally blessed and conferred as a token of affection.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Tourists admiring interior of Se cathedral church.

    The Se Cathedral is made in the Portuguese-Manueline style of architecture. There were two different techniques were consumed to make this beautiful church. The exterior was made in Tuscan style and the interior has been made in Corinthian style. It is about 250 feet high and 181 feet wide. The interior decoration of the church is excellent. 

    The Se Cathedral has a large bell which is popularly known as the “Golden Bell” on account of its rich tone. The main altar of this church is devoted to Catherine of Alexandria. There you will find several ancient paintings. On the right side, there is a Chapel of the “Cross of Miracles” where a vision of Christ is said to have appeared in 1619. This church also has a baptismal font made in 1532 and it was used by St. Francis Xavier.

    Opening Hours

    Se Cathedral opens every day of the week. Even it is open on public holidays. It opens at 7:30 am and closes at 6:00 pm.

    Entry & Others Fees

    There is no entry fee in this holy place. Visitors can visit it free of cost.

    How to Reach

    By air: The nearest airport to Basilica of Bom Jesus is Goa international airport. It is about 29.6 km away from the church. It is well connected with the other major cities of India. At the airport, you can find local transport which can take you to the renowned place.

    By train: The Karmali Railway Station is located at a distance of 31.2 km from the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This railway station is also well connected with the other major cities of India. To reach your destination, you need to hire any local transport which is available at the railway station.

    Tips for Travellers

    visitors are just allowed to carry small bags.  So keep your things in a small bag.

    Carry your photo ID card. You can also carry a water bottle and a camera with you. It is a great place for photography.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, it is a safe place for tourists. Many people come to visit this place all year. For your convenience here is the local police station information for you. 

    Location: Goa Velha, Goa 403402, India

    Google map:

    Phone no: +918322285301

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Photography is allowed in Se Cathedral but you can’t use flash. You can take fantastic photos here. 

    Que-03: Are visitors allowed to carry bags with them?

    Ans: A visitor can carry a purse or bag pack. But language is not allowed.

    Que-04: Is parking available in Se Cathedral?

    Ans: You can park your vehicle around the church on roadsides. But there is no parking area inside the church. 

    Que-05: Are public toilets available in Se Cathedral?

    Ans: No, there is no toilet available in Se Cathedral. But you will find restrooms there. Drinking water is also available in Se Cathedral. 

    Que-06: Is there any dress code in Se Cathedral?

    Ans: No, there is no dress code in Se Cathedral. But the tourists should wear clothes which match the sanctity of the place. 

    Que-07: When is the best time to visit Se Cathedral?

    Ans: There is no specific time to visit this marvelous place. You can visit it any time of the year. But it is said that November to March is the best time to visit Goa. So, you may go there in between those months. 

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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