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Sé Cathedral of Santa Catarina

The imposing Sé Cathedral of Santa Catarina lies south-west of St Cajetan’s. The church is larger than any church in Portugal and is the largest church in Asia. It has 14 altars, an 80 m long aisle, and five bells including the Golden Bell, said to be one of the best in the world.

Built in 1619 AD to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese against the local Muslim rulers in 1510 AD, the Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria on whose feast day the victory was achieved. The cathedral happens to be the largest in India and is the seat of Patriarch of the East Indies in Goa. The huge campus of Se Cathedral, other than the monument, houses a palace of the Archbishop, a museum, The Church of St. Francis of Assisi and The Chapel of St. Catherine.

The front façade of the Cathedral is more than 100 feet high. On the northern side stands a tower with a giant bell. There used to be originally two towers on the either side of the façade but the Southern tower collapsed in 1776 and was never rebuilt.