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The Sé Cathedral (aka St. Catherine's Cathedral) was built a short distance away from the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, some 175 metres to the east. It was commissioned by the Portuguese Viceroy Redondo (1561 - 1564 CE) with the intent that it reflect the wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese who dominated the seas from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Owing to a combination of factors, it took 80 years to build and was consecrated only in 1640 CE. The white exterior is of lime plaster.

Its one surviving tower houses the Golden Bell, cast in Cuncolim (South Goa) in the 17th century. During the Inquisition, the tolling announced the start of the gruesome tos-da-fé held in the square outside. On these occasions, suspected heretics were tortured and then burned at the stake.

Inside there are 15 altars arranged around the sides dedicated to, inter alia, Our Ladies of Hope, Anguish and Three Needs.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2005-03-01
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/5.2, 1/320 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-09-18 3:45
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