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The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary also known as the Church of St Mary of Rosary is located atop the western side of the Monte Santo (Holy Hill) of Old Goa. This oldest surviving church in Goa is believed to be built in 1543 by De Albuquerque as a sign of gratitude for his victory. It is a fine specimen of Manueline style of architecture which is a blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. It was here that St. Francis Xavier taught Catechism in the evenings and due to this people of Goa have special reverence for the church. The church contains two chapels and three altars, of which the main altar that has motifs of cashews, mangoes and flowers is dedicated to our Lady of the Rosary.  A feast of the church is held every year in November.

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