The Museum of Christian Art located in Old Goa was the first of its kind in the whole of Asia. Many of the exhibits inside are numbered and described in a systematic way. Being in this place gives the feeling of being in the past and present simultaneously.
There is a small outdoor area to sit with umbrellas. Inside the museum, there are many interesting exhibits like a donation box from the 17th to 18th century. The place is full of striking items like chalices, plaques, polychrome paintings, and a model of St. Francis Xavier’s tomb which existed before the 20th century.
Beautiful glass showcases contain fascinating exhibits like a 16th-century bishop crozier and old statues of saints and angels. You can even view a book of rules from 1650 for girls who wanted to join a particular convent and a Bible from the 18th century.
The upper floor has old artifacts used in churches like a holy water sprinkler, oil lamp, tabernacle door, rosaries, and a palanquin from the 18th century. One of the museum’s popular exhibits is a 17th-century tabernacle & monstrance which represents Jesus’ sacrifice. The museum official says, “We also conduct different activities for kids and for special occasions.”
SHERYL GONSALVES I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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