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|St.Paul Church,Diu,Goa, India 1610 AD interior.diu.gov.in|
Very much Similar in design and architecture to the Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa, yet another Portuguese church of Goa, this church is dedicated to ''Our Lady of Immaculate Conception,'' particularly the facade of the building and the front elevation. The interior of the church has intricately carved wood work, and impressive spiral-like design of a shell. The altar has the image of St. Mary, carefully carved out of a single piece of Burmese teak The vaulted nave has beautiful old paintings and statues. Unlike many churches, the religious images here are made in ivory and silver and have strong native influence. It is one among the three surviving churches built by the Portuguese when the island came under their control. It is also one of many beautiful historical churches in India The construction began in 1601 AD and completed in 1610 AD.
The two significant ceremonies held at the Diu church are the Feast of the Eleven Thousand Virgins to mark the commencement of the school year and the other is on 25 January to mark the conversion of St. Paul.
Mass singing and processions are part of the church services here.