1 August 2013

Rediscovering the Portugal Dynasty at Daman - Part 3

This part is about the churches in Daman. Daman, has many churches and chapels dating back to 1500's, with Portugal influence..
Bom Jesus Church is one of the oldest churches here in Daman. Founded in 1500s and reconsturcted in 1603, this church sees a steady stream of visitors.
Bom Jesus Church Daman

Bom Jesus Church Daman

Bom Jesus Church Daman
 It is dedicated to the infant Jesus, with statues of six saints and an impressive architectural facade.
Bom Jesus Church Daman
The scrolls and floral patterns add to its beauty, as do the richly decorated wood panelling, ornately carved balcony and the gilded Baroque altar. This was the former Se Cathedral of the Aechdiocese of Daman.
Bom Jesus Church Daman
Church of Our Lady of Remedios: This church dedicated to Lady of Remedios was built by Rui De Mello De Sampaiyo, governer and captain of the city in 1607AD. Main alter is carved and gilded with 17th century engravings. Moti Daman was made a separate parish in 1673.
Church of Our Lady of Remedios, Daman

Church of Our Lady of Remedios, Daman
Just adjacent to the chappel is this staue of Lord Jesus in the garden.
Church of Our Lady of Remedios, Daman
Chapel of Our Lady of Rosario: The chapel was closed and we were told by one of the officials there that this comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and is opened once in a while. History of this church too dates back to 17th century and the interior is magnificantly carved with stories of christian saints which are depicted on the lateral walls. The ceiling is decorated with multicoloured rose petals cherubic golden angles. The alter of the chapel is supposed to be example amongst all Portuguese churchs in India..

The Chapel of Our Lady of Rosary: Against the fort wall is the chapel of Our Lady of Rosary dating and gilded wooden panels illustrate stories from the lives of the blessed saints. The ceiling features charming carved golden cherubs. The staute of Mary of Rosary was placed in the altar in the thanksgiving by the Porgutuese Commander for rescue from a Maratha attack by Shivaji. 
Church of Our Lady of Sea: Located in Fort of Nani Daman, Church of Our Lady of Sea is counted amongst the most revered holy places in Daman. 

25 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice capture. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. A very comprehensive look of churches! Beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful pictures. How do you react to places that were standing in 1500s? I find it quite awe inspiring.

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  4. Nice write with lot of info & beautiful pictures.

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  5. Great series of the beautiful churches! Nice post.


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  6. @Mridula: true, historic monuments are always inspiring... You don't get that wow thought when you enter a comtemporary or modern structure, as compared to historic ones...

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  7. Very interesting and educational! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wonderful churches. I would like to visit sometime.

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  9. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely place to be!

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  10. My husband and I were just discussing the Portuguese influence in Diu (weird and random, I know) but it was so cool to see your photos depicting just that. Stopping by from Travel Photo Mondays :)

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  11. @Ali: Thank you and thanks for dropping in...
    @Muza Chan: Thank you
    @Amy: Wow, thats great, hope this post of mine would be of help for your Daman trip. Am yet to visit Diu...

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  12. beautiful tour, thanks for linking up today

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  13. Lovely old churches and wonderful captures for the day! Great post about your world!! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week, Meghana!!

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  14. Impressive!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. I never think of India having Christian churches - they are lovely.

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  16. Lovely shots of these historic churches!

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  17. Thank you all for dropping in here, have a grt week...

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  18. Hi Meghana,
    Amazing how much influence the Portuguese empire has left in Daman religious-wise. All these churches look grand and impressive and it's good to see that they are well-preserved up to this day.

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  19. Thank you Marisol for dropping..

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  20. Nice. I am yet to visit these Union Territories

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