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St. Augustine Church Goa

The Church of St Augustine was constructed 1602 AD by the efforts of 12 Augustian Friars after they arrived at Goa on 3rd September 1572 AD. It was built on the Holy Hill at Old Goa.However, the Portuguese government in India put a ban on them and they abandoned the church and the convent. The Saint Augustine church was considered to be one of the greatest of three Augustinian churches. Now, only the ruins of the front portion of the church and magnificent 46-metre high Bell Tower remain.

The tower in the ruins of St. Augustine church is the main attraction. This huge tower reaches upto a staggering height of around 46 meters.The bell was removed and was put in the church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception at Panaji in 1871. Quite amazingly, it is in working condition even today. The bell tower that remains amid the ruins belongs to one of the four of the St. Augustine Churchís that once stood there. In the former days there used to be four altars, eight chapels and a convent attached to the church. The Church of St Augustine, when it was undamaged, was considered to be the largest in Goa.

Around the year 1931, the church began to fall apart and the facade and half of the tower were lost. After being uninhabited by the founders, the convent was used for charity work by the institution of the Misericordia for quite a while. The vault collapsed on 8 September 1842 due to prolonged neglect. The Government then sold the materials of the remains of the church in 1843 and has maintained the few ruins till today.

The Church of St Augustine was constructed by the joint efforts of 12 Augustian Friars after they arrived at Goa on 3rd September 1572 AD.They built the church on the Holy Hill at Old Goa. The construction of the church was completed by 1602 AD. However, the Portuguese government in India put a ban on them and they abandoned the church and the convent. The Saint Augustine church was considered to be one of the greatest of three Augustinian churches. Now, only the ruins of the front portion of the church and magnificent 46-metre high Bell Tower remain.

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