The Museum of Christian art is a unique repository of the exquisite church art that blossomed during the Portuguese era. The only one of its kind in Asia, the Christian Art Museum was set up in 1994 in a joint collaboration between Calouste Gulbentian foundation of Portugal and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi.
Originally located at the famous Rachol Seminary at Rachol near Margao,
the Museum of Christian Art did not strike a chord with the tourists
because of its remote location. In order to unleash the true potential
of the museum, it was relocated within the precincts of the convent of
Santa Monica, Old Goa, contiguous to the Old Goa world heritage
The Museum of Christian Art has done a yeoman's service in preserving
the priceless collection of Goa's Christian art and craft. The fabulous
array of art objects includes rosaries and other items made of gold and
precious stone. Goa's patron saint, St. Francis Xavier, is shown in
silver plaques and on the panels of a silver casket. Among the elegant
ivory images, the 'Good Shepherd' depicting Jesus as an allegorical
shepherd watching his flock is a prime attraction.