St Cajetan Church
The breathtaking Church of St. Cajetan, is a mere 3-minute walk from Se Cathedral, is a beautiful site, very peaceful and serene. A few Italian monks of the Theatine Order (1656-1700) built this diminutive domed church on the lines of the Roman Basilica of St. Peter. Even though it is very small as compared to other Christian places of worship in Goa, architecturally, it is applauded as the epitome of many churches. Visited by devotees of all sects, caste and creed, the elegant, three storeyed Convent of St. Cajetan is known for its Corinthian coloumns and pilasters of gigantic proportion. Spare out some time to visit this magnificent construction, an animated magic of exquisite craftsmenship.
Interestingly, the external architecture is Corinthian whereas the interiors are adorned in a Mosaic-Corinthian way. In keeping with the general rule of the Theatine order, it has no separate towers, but turrets. The church has a nave and two side aisles with a Baroque interior richly ornamented with gilded altars and rare paintings. Instead of being classical in style, as suggested by the facade, the motifs are tempered by native art. The pulpit in the Rococo style, is a showpiece of Goan craftsmenship. The cupola indeed presents a majestic appearance, and because of the windows right around the dome, the interior of the church is always bright! Step into the nave and you can see an exquisite altar, unsurpassable in execution and design. Under this altar, you can see a crypt with a vault The altar dedicated to St. Cajetan is the largest in the church. A wooden platform emerges from one of the docks and is beautifully adorned and decorated.