The Chapel Of St Sebastian


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Ranked 26 of 104 sightseeing in Panjim

The Chapel of St Sebastian is situated in the southern end of Panjim. Standing at the small square it is a church that has existed since 1592.   The Pandavachem Deul was the name of the temple which belonged to a descendant of Pandavas, Suntu Naique Sar Dessai. In 1560 on 29th February, he changed his name to Sebastiao Coelho and adopted Christianity with many other locals from Aquem. Since then, this day is fixed as feast of the Patron Saint.

In earlier days, people were troubled with the disease of pests and plagues, which was very frequent in Salcette area. They turned for help to St Sebastian, who treated them through his mediation and miraculous interventions. This chapel has a unique crucifix   It was brought to the site in 1812 from the palace of inquisition in Old Goa. In the crucifix, Christ's eyes are opened. The representation is believed to have been done intentionally to fill fear in those people, who are being interrogated by inquisitors.

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Monday - Friday:
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
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9:30 AM -6:00 PM

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

The Christ's Eyes Are Open

St. Sebastian Chapel is situated at the southern end of the ward of Fontainhas, which was built in 1880 but well maintained Chapel of St Sebastian. It dominates the small square where the locals used to hold the lively annual street festa to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament. There is an old traditional well attached to the Chapel. The chapel has a lifelike in size crucifix and the image of the Christ's eyes are open, this image once it was hung in the Palace of Inquisition in old Goa, from there to the Palace of Adil Shah, Viceroy's house and finally to The Chapel Of St. Sebastian. It has the statue of Virgin Mary which was recovered from the High Court, two marquetry chests and three carved reredos from a church Diu, which was the part of the colony. As Fontainhas visit will never disappoint to any of its guest as it is a heritage colony.

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Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n5.0/5

522 reviews

Very beautiful and maintained

The Chapel of St Sebastian is one of the famous church of Goa. The architecture of this church is very beautiful and maintained its originality. The management of this church is very good . But church still needs to improve a lot
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