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“Review of St Alex Church”
Review of St. Alex Church

St. Alex Church
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Calangute
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Very religious place. Very beautiful old structure. Once you enter you feel blessed. Dont miss visiting it.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

One of Goa’s most ancient; the Church of St. Alex was constructed on the ruins of a Hindu shrine whose relics can be seen even today. The modern-day edifice is the 3rd ever built; the 1st was a simple one constructed in 1576 out of palm fronds by the seashore in Poriett. In 1595, the Franciscan friars, with the help of donations from the locals, constructed a church along with a cemetery in the same location and finally the current edifice was built in 1741 by the Communidades (local village communities). In 1767, the diocesan clergy was entrusted the church. The towers were erected much later in 1765 and the main sanctuary rebuilt in 1916. One can see a grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes; this was the first ever grotto in Goa thus dedicated. The Rococo style pulpit was obtained from the Church of Holy Rosary (that is often incorrectly referred to as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi).

The Church of St. Alex has two towers and a splendid dome modelled on the one at St. Peter's Basilica situated in Rome. Out of the 7 altars, 3 are main and are dedicated to Our Lady of the Mount, The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The Church was dedicated originally to Our Lady of Guadalupe; however it was thereafter dedicated to St. Alex by an Apostolic Brief in 1815.

Though the feast of St. Alex is held each year on July 17, the main feast is still dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and celebrated every year on December 18. Locally, this most significant religious event is referred to as ‘Khelleam Fest’. The death anniversary of St. Alex is observed on the Sunday that follows after 17th of July.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Goa has some beautiful architecture .. I believe since it was a Portugese Colony.. The Chruches are simply beautiful and have a lot of history.. St Alex Church is about a 5 mins drive from Paradise Village Beach Resort

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Wow, nice to visit , feels cool and relaxing, nice decor and very peaceful, great architecture, feels as if Jesus is along with you phisically though he is always there.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Wonderful place - daily masses and adoration of Blessed Sacrament. Must visit for it peace surrounds you. undergoing renovation now.

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