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Church of Our Lady of The Rosary, Panaji

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Location : Panaji Goa. Church Built in : 1514 and rebuilt in 1619. How to Reach : You can use the local transport means of Old Goa to reach the church. Taxis, auto rickshaws and motorcycle taxis can be hired. Our Lady Of The Rosary Church it was reportedly one of the first Churches to be built in Goa estimated around 1514, It was built there because of the high ground it stood on. It was rebuilt in 1619. After Panjim became the capital city the great bell of the Church of Our Lady of Grace in Old Goa or the "Bell of the Inquisition" was moved to this church from Aguada in 1841. At the same time the renovation created the four tiered steps leading to the church. About Church of Our Lady of The Rosary in Panaji Goa : Located atop the Monte Santo or the Holy Hill, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary is the oldest surviving Church in Goa. The church stands on the site of Portuguese leader Alfonso de Albuquerque's victory over the armies of Bijapur Sultan in 1510. In fact the Lady of Rosary church is believed to be built by de Albuquerque as a sign of gratitude for his victory. Since its inception the church has been under the guardianship of the Franciscans. The Church of Our Lady of Rosary was revered by the public as it was here that St. Francis Xavier used to preach catechism every evening. The church is a fine specimen of the "Manueline" style of architecture, named after King Emmanuel of Portugal. This style is a confluence of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is exclusive to Portugal of that time.

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