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St. Alex Church, Calangute

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Admire the striking white facade of St. Alex Church, where thousands of Christian devotees gather for prayer and communion. Built in 1741 by the village communities, the church was financed thanks to donations and the goodwill of locals. As you approach the compound, notice how the dome resembles that of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Examine the Indian-style "cupola falsa" inside, as well as the seven altars and the main sanctuary. Afterwards, head outside to the churchyard to see the Grotto of Our Lady. The museum nearby offers a detailed history of the church. Put St. Alex Church on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Goa travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • really nice and quite place. must visit to know the history. it feels like so wonderful and peaceful atmosphere there when u enter this place.  more »
  • This church is very easily accessible. we just loved the sorroundings and interior. it was so peaceful to be here.  more »
  • very photogenic as are many churches in india. will look good in the album. easy to get to by road... car or bus so put it on your list.  more »
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  • So I went to this church 3 days back on my trip in Goa. We were with the families with two small kids. The moment we entered the church, the priest come marching towards us with his rude language - "You can't come in here. What do you think you can wear anything and come here. Go from here" . He literally held my hand and pushed us outside. Horrible and Pathetic behaviour from the man of his position. His objection was on Goa coloured T Shirt and the Goa Beach Hat and Goa Long shorts. He could have politely said "Sorry but this dress isn't allowed" Instead he chose to drive us by manhandling. Made me wonder since when did the personality of an individual took over the bigger notion of the church's objective ? Left us very angry,disappointed and embarrassed. I wish we could report his behaviour somewhere. I won't recommend it for a visit.
  • Churches were once the centre of village life in the Catholic areas of Goa. This one too is/was. But now, it is caught up in the midst of tall, multistoreyed tourist complexes in this beach village. A centuries old church though...
  • cool place of worship
  • One of the most beautiful churches I have seen in Goa. The pulpit and altar is designed artistically.
  • Loved it