Goa's St. Cajetan Church - St. Cajetan Church in Goa is situated on Rua Dirieta off the central square with its imposing cathedrals and general aura of magnificence.
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St. Cajetan Church in Goa was initially called the Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence.
Though the church is consecrated to Our lady of Divine Providence, yet the church is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan, a contemporary of St. Francis Xavier. St. Cajetan was an Italian priest who wanted to reform the Catholic Church from within and rid it off its evils.
St. Cajetan Church of Goa is modeled on the Roman Basilica of St. Peter.
In spite of being a diminutive in size, architecturally this church is considered to be the epitome of many churches.
Goa's St. Cajetan Church is visited by all people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
The monumental Corinthian pillars of the church are its major highlight.
As far as the architecture is concerned, the church sticks to the Corinthian style, both internally and externally.
The gilded altars and intricate carvings are in rich Baroque style. The Goa's St. Cajetan Church itself is made up of lime plastered laterite blocks.
The facade of the St. Cajetan Church of Goa features twin towers that serve as bell towers. The four niches of the facade are occupied by the statues of four apostles.
The St. Cajetan Church of Goa has a central area and two side aisles with a Baroque interior richly ornamented with gilded altars and rare paintings. Though the façade is classical in style, the motifs used for the interior décor is tempered by native art.
The Rococo style has been utilized in the construction of the pulpit which is speaks highly of the consummate skill of the Goan craftsmen.
The majestic cupola completes the grand look of the church
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