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Everything You Need to Know About the Museum Of Christian Art in Old Goa


Located a few miles away from the Bom Jesu Church or the Old Goa Church Complex, if that is what you would like to call it, is a very interesting place, especially if you are Catholic or have a liking for the arts and relics. Housed inside the famous Convent of Santa Monica, the Museum of Christian Art is a place that I recently visited and here's my experience.

Growing up in a Catholic home, I was always introduced to prayer, and told stories of the saints. This is how since a a young age I was intrigued to learn about the saints, their lives, and ancient Catholic history. So, when I happened to know that there exists something like the Museum of Christian Art, I knew I had to visit.

I made my way from the North to the South Goa, to browse through all I could see at the museum, and I was elated with what I saw.

A taxi ride from the North to the Old Goa, and back will cost you a lot of money, I literally paid Rs.2,000 for a ride to and fro Vagator to Old Goa and back. Although you can save on travel, if you rent a bike or a car, or you can also take a bus, but then bus rides in Goa are harrowing, and can be extremely long. 

As I made my way up, after purchasing a ticket,  I thought I had entered the sacristy (sacristy (a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and articles of worship are kept.) of the museum. Well who could blame me, the museum did have embroidered vestments, chalices and other sacred receptacles on display, and if you've visited a sacristy of your local church, you would 100% think what I did.


I wandered around the Museum of Christian Art and found plenty of other interesting scultpures, figures, church relics, and statues of saints, and Jesus.

A relic at the museum

Someone at the museum happened to tell me that most of the paintings and statues placed there were carved or hand painted by local artists and artisans, many of whom were traditional Hindu artists. This was quite interesting, considering how amazing the artwork at the museum is.

I was also intrigued by the gorgeous painting of beautiful of St. Ursula, I was told that it was once pride of the Se Cathedral, but now it is houses in the archives of the museum.

There was also a 17th century image of Jesus the Good Shepherd  that is carved out of Ivory, a stunning and magnificent sight for the eye. I could literally feel the presence of the Lord through the statue.

 In the museum, you'll also find busts, one of which belongs to St. Margret and a couple of other artifacts, that were once the pride of the Jesuits in Goa.


The Church of the Weeping Cross

Chapel Of The Weeping Cross
After I finished my visit, I found out about the Chapel of the Weeping Cross. I read about its history and found that somewhere in the 17th century, the statue of Lord Jesus on the cross at the main altar, often shed tears. I read a snippet that on the 8th February 1636, the image of Christ opened its eyes and from its wounds blood appeared to flow as though it were living.

Since then, locals in the area consider the cross to be miraculous and many devotees leave their petitions in  the register placed at the altar. The chapel has a few altars that are flanked with images and frescoes of saints and angels.


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