St. Alex Church, Calangute

Founded in 1595, built in 1741.

One of Goa‘s oldest churches, photographed early morning. Considered to be in the “Mannerist Neo-Roman style with Rococo features.”1

[1] The Parish Churches of Goa by José Lourenço, Amazing Goa Publications, 2005.

St Alex church in Calangute, Goa

St. Alex Church in Calangute, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

  • Premanand - January 28, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    St. Alex Church is as close to the hearts of us “Calangutekaars” as is the Shri Shanta Durga temple on “titon”. Rajan bhai, this post of yours warms the cockles of my heart and stirs some happy memories of my childhood which are associated with this place. Deo barren karoo!ReplyCancel

  • Sandesh Anvekar - January 27, 2016 - 8:16 pm

    Wonder if this too was built by razing some local hindu temple. Just curiousReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - January 27, 2016 - 9:29 pm


      Bardez suffered the most widespread iconoclasm of the early Portuguese conquests and almost all the major churches there were built on the sites of destroyed temples. That said, I should add that our churches do not invoke any negative feelings in me. Quite the opposite, in fact. I consider them part of our shared Goan heritage.ReplyCancel

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