Apart from being the beach capital of India, Goa is a mythological place for Christians. The numerous churches make it a pilgrimage spot as well. It’s rather difficult to ignore the significance of churches in the religious history of Goa. Right from the Bascillica of Bom Jesus to the Church of the Carmelites, all the churches of Goa deserve special mention. The Church of the Carmelites enjoys a special significance when it comes to the history of Christianity in Goa. The church is a powerful evidence of Portuguese hegemony in Goa.
History of Church of Carmelites
The Church of Carmelites was built in 1961. This church is a depiction of the rich recorded foundation of Goa. Demonstrating the authenticity of the strong Portugal authority in Goa this today lies in complete remains. The Portuguese strongly established their religion in Goa and thus built numerous churches that stand testimony to it. The Church transports the tourists with the nostalgic feeling of the Carmelites. The Carmelites when refused to take the Oath of Allegiance to the King were expelled from Goa in 1707. After their expulsion, the church fell into disuse and eventually with the passage of time only the ruins are presently left.
Present Scenario of Church of Carmelites
The architecture of the church highlighted the true medieval architecture but now except the facade and a raised pavement, which served as an altar meant for prayers, nothing remains of the church. A church that vows for the uncommon importance of the historical backdrop of Christianity in Goa this Church gives one a nostalgic feel about the Carmelites who were determined out of the state.
How to Reach Church of Carmelites
One can effortlessly reach the Church of Carmelites as the territory is well connected from all the major cities of Goa. Buses ply regularly from the Kadamba bus stand of Panjim. Boat services and car rentals are also a good option.
(Last Updated on : 30-05-2015)
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