Convent of Santa Monica and Chapel of Weeping Cross, Goa

Convent of Santa Monica and Chapel of Weeping Cross

Located in the Monte Santo region of Old Goa, the construction of the Convent of Santa Monica and Chapel of Weeping Cross was started in the year 1585 and was finished in the year 1606. This convent bears a great deal of historical relevance, since it was the very first (and the largest) nunnery in all of Asia, making it something of great interest to those tourists who have come to Goa in order to learn more about the cultural history which has influenced this state. The Chapel of the Weeping cross contains four altars, each of which is commemorative of Bom Jesus, Immaculate Mary, St. Monica (who was St. Augustine’s mother) and the Crucified Christ, known to many as the weeping cross. An interesting anecdote reveals that this statue was said to have opened its eyes and shed blood from the crown in 1636. Tourists can now visit the Museum of Christian Art, as this convent has been re-designated.


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