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St-Cajetan Church

 

Calangute

Alternate name/spelling: St. Cajetan Church

District: North Goa (old Goa)

Nearest airport: Goa International Airport distance is 36 km

Nearest railway: Karmali Railway Station 3 km

 

How to Reach in St Cajetan Church.

By Air: .Goa International airport located in Dabolim 36km away from  St Cajetan Church.

By Rail:  Karmali Railway Station is the nearest major station near to  St Cajetan Church 3 km distance.

By Bus: Bus services are available from here to all major destinations.

Description:

Church of St Cajetan promises you a visual treat as well as a soul stirring experience. Also known as Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, its origin dates back to 1640 when its construction got started in Corinthian style. Its history tells us that the beautiful architecture was built by the Italian friars who were sent by Pope Urban III for preaching Christianity in Golconda which is near Hyderabad. However, the friars were not allowed to work there and hence they settled in Old Goa and began their work. Talking about its structure, the grand building has six Baroque style altars that have images of angels. The left altars are dedicated to Our Lady of Piety, the Holy family and St. Clare while the right ones are for St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John.

Climate:

Goa’s climate is equable, with high temperatures generally in the 80s F (30s C) and low temperatures in the 70s F (20s C) throughout the year. A southwest monsoon blows between June and September. The state receives about 115 inches (3,000 mm) of rainfall annually, most occurring during the monsoon season.

Geography:

St.Cajetan church is located at 15°29′56″ north latitude and 73°49′40″ east longitude. It has an average elevation of 7 meters.

History:

This is the most beautiful of all the churches of Old Goa, The church of st. cajetan modeled after the original design of St. Peter church in rome was built in laterite blocks, in the second half of the 17th Century by Italian friars, greek cross on plan. this church is constructed in corinthian style, having a rectangular tower on either side atop the facade to serve as belfry, the niches below have statues of apostles. the interior is divided into a nave ending in a apse and aisles divided by massive corinthian pillar supporting a large circular dome further crowned by a lantern shaped dome of lesser circumference. the aisle end with an octagonal room, serving as sacristy. on the two sides of the apse the rice floral designs on the ribbed vault and a decorative wooden pulpit projecting from the pier are worth mentioning. the main altar, dedicated to our lady of divine providence and the three subsidiary altars with twisted shafts on each side of the hall, having figures of holy family, our lady of piety and other saints including St. Cajetan are exquisitely carved in baroque style.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit is between late October and early April. The peak season is from mid-December to mid-January, when the weather is near perfect, with daytime temperatures rarely going beyond 32° C. The carnival period in the month of February through to early March ia another peak time, attracting a lot of tourists to North Goa. It is a good time, a lot like the Christmas season with parades, pageants and lots of merrymaking late into the nights.