It was the fifth day of my stay in Goa and I was slowly diving deep into the rich culture and ancestral monuments of the state. On the fifth day, Sanvi and I decided to make a visit to the Museum of Christian Art in Goa. Goa is well known for the rich old churches and Basilicas which form the basic architecture of the state. Some of the very old and truly magnificent temples and churches are located in Goa which makes the state worth for visiting for every nature and art lover like me. The museum of Christian Art is a perfect example which showcases the Indo-Portuguese art forms in a broader and richer way. The Goan heritage is perfectly blended in the museum which contains the remains of the Old Portuguese art.
Long ago when Portuguese came to India started extending their business in Goa; a lot of churches were built. This particular museum showcases the richness of these Portugal who went on to build
some of the classy and beautiful churches of the world. Every object displayed in the shelves represents the true richness of the heritage of Goa.
The Museum of Christian art was first inaugurated in the year 1994 and now it is housed in the Convent Santa Monica Old Goa which is in the close proximity of the World Heritage Monuments. The major objective of setting up of this museum is to create love and admiration among the hearts of the people staying in Goa and those coming from outside to visit the place. The museum also acts as an intermediary to motivate the people in preserving the cultural heritage of the state. The precious history is skillfully maintained and exhibited in the different artifacts that are showcased in the museum.
The ancient church art is nicely depicted in the museum which is nowadays also used as a reference for building other churches and similar constructions. Apart from the Christian art form, the skilled local Hindu artisans also created images, designs, furniture and wall hangings which are kept in the museum for a pleasant exhibition.