This beautifully pristine white church is situated in the popular tourist mecca of Calangute a mere hop, skip and jump away from Calangute beach, that most well-known of all Goa’s many beaches. The church, which has stood guard over the village since the late 1500’s provides an oasis of calm within the hustle and bustle of the village.
One of the popular sites of the village and a great place to visit for lovers of architecture and design, the church should figure on everyone’s list of ‘things to do in Calangute’.
It is the only church in Goa that can boast of a ‘cupola falsa’ of the Indian style of architecture.
The church as it stands today is the third church to be built in the village of Calangute. Previously, the Franciscan monks had made a simple cottage on the seashore, thatched with palm leaves to serve as their church in 1576. They
added on a cemetery and constructed a more permanent structure in 1595.
The current church was built in 1741 by the Catholic community of Calangute.
The church is built in the Mannerist Neo-Roman style and is famous for its pristine white façade, made distinctive by its domed towers and cupola falsa constructed in the Indian style of architecture.
The feast of St. Alex falls on the 22nd of July and is celebrated at the church on the preceding Sunday.
Additionally the church also celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on the 11th of February,
The feast of the Assumption of Our Lady on the 15th of August,
The birthday of Our Lady, the feast of Our Lady of the Mount on the 8th of September and
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th of December.