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5 Major Architectural Examples of Portuguese Era in Goa | ArchiTravel
Goa, famously referred to as a "Tourist Paradise", lies on the west coast of India. It is one of the most attractive tourist destinations thanks to the endless natural beauty and architectural wonders. The land has a rich culture and a great history, which draw you more. It came under the rule of various emperors among whom Portuguese who ruled the land for around 450 years had constructed churches and monuments that to date speak of their undisputable architectural skills. Here are the top 5 architectural examples of Portuguese era in Goa. 1. Se Cathedral Photo by Danny Burke, CC BY-SA 2.5 Se Cathedral is Asia's largest church, which was built during the 16th century by Portuguese. Originally built of mud and stones, the church was dedicated to St. Catherine as it was on St. Catherine's Day that Alfonso de Albuquerque defeated Bijapur king to conquer Goa. The church has 14 altars, eight chapels and five bells. The giant bell, referred to as the 'Golden Bell', is the major attraction