(Last Updated on : 03/06/2011)
The Church of Our Lady of the Mount in Goa
was built in 1557. The church was built by Alfonso de Albuquerque after his victory over the Goan Muslim ruler Yusuf Shah.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount faces the west which is endowed with beautiful views from Divar and Chorao islands, the Mandovi River and the surrounding forested hills. It gives the view of Old Goa where Sultan Adil Shah had placed his artillery to guard the city from the Portuguese attack.
The church is reached by the devotees by ascending a series of steps. These steps are built of laterite plastered with lime mortar. The church has three main altars which are dedicated to Our Lady of the Mount, St. Anthony and St. Andrew respectively.
In the centre of the church the statue is erected of Our Lady of the Mount with the child Jesus. It is placed above the picture of the coronation of the virgin and below the picture of our Lady of Assumption. The pictures on either sides or those hung on the walls of the main altar depict the various acts of the life of Our Lady. At the base of the retable are the busts of St. Vincent along with a ship and of St. Lawrence with a gridiron. The collateral altars of the church are dedicated to St. Anthony and St. Anthony. The church was renovated in 2001.
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