The Sacred Art Museum was founded within the premises of the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol, in the former “Camarata (“Bedroom” or “Dormitory”) of the students of Philosophy. It was a pilot project for the preservation of a common cultural heritage, both Indian and Portuguese, which is indeed an inter-cultural phenomenon unique in the world. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), a Portuguese philanthropic institution which supports charitable, artistic, educational and scientific projects, has given funds for the setting up of the Museum, including construction costs, technical advice and restoration of the objects. Its aim was to preserve the artifacts scattered in our churches and ecclesiastical institutions as well as to train our seminarians in the artistic sense. There are different images, statues, bibles, mass vestments, artistic objects, palankins. The Museum of Christian Art was inaugurated at Rachol Seminary with a Solemn Mass celebrated by the Archbishop-Patriarch Raul Nicolau Gonsalves on January 23, 1994 and a programme presided over by the then President of India, Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma. Now it has been shifted to Old Goa.


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