The church of Saint Anne is located at Santana in Goa. This church is a religious monument belonging to the Roman Catholic sect of Christianity which was declared to be a national monument during the Portuguese era in India. The church is a grand example of the wondrous architecture people were capable of in the erstwhile days which had no proper tools.
The church belongs to the Jesuit community who are Roman Catholics. The church was consecrated to St. Anne upon completion due to some miraculous apparitions and healings that took place in its vicinity. It is also said that the saint herself proclaimed during the construction it would be her home. The 26th day of July each year Goa celebrates the festival of St. Anne with much gusto and fervour. It is believed that during this time of the year, prayers offered to St. Anne are specially answered. In the village of Talaulim the "feast of Cucumber" is carried out during this day which is unique to the celebrations held all around Goa.
Though there are many legends attached to the church the most renowned one is that of Bartholomew Marchon. Legend has it that this elderly villager had a vision of an old lady wearing a hat who held a staff in her hands. It is said that this lady of Bartholomew Marchon's vision came down from a neighbouring hill to the site of the construction of the church. When she reached construction site she proclaimed the church to be her home and when it would be completed she said she would reside there. A similar apparition was also experienced by another person but of different faith. The other apparition was seen by a Brahmin lady who was of high social stature. She was suffering from some kind of grave illness that was incurable; it was then that she saw this apparition. The figure anointed her with a cure that was so miraculous that not only did she escape from the clutches of death she was well and healthy. As gratitude of receiving a new boon of life she converted her religion to Christianity. The news of her cure and the apparition seen by Bartholomew Marchon was tied together and seen as a sign by the village priest who consecrated the church in honour of St. Anne.
This church is one of the best monuments that have stood the test of time to prove the ingenuity of Jesuit architecture. Though the original structure was falling apart due to negligence on part of the Indian government, Mons Francisco da Cunha and the villagers gathered funds for its reconstruction. The architecture defined here is a perfect amalgam of two entirely different styles i.e. European and Indian which has resulted in one of the most outstanding and beautiful structures in all times. It holds within it a reflection of the baroque style of architecture which has had Indian influences making it unique.
The transept that faces the sanctuary hold a a painting of the patron saint of the church .i.e. St. Anne who holds a staff in one hand and wears a hat. This painting depicts her as seen in the apparitions and legends associated with her and the church.
The 26th of July every year Goa comes alive with the festivities dedicated to St. Anne however in the village of Talaulim it is celebrated in a bit different way. Here the feast of cucumber is held which is unique to the place and the church.