Forbidden Fruit

The forbidden fruit does taste sweeter!

With 5 minutes left for a nuptial mass to begin at a friend’s wedding, I could not resist sneaking my camera out of its case and swiping off a few shots of the church. I call it ‘a new level’ of photography 😉

And what resulted was a decently seamless panorama.

Immaculate Conception Church - Moira


About the Church: Originally built in 1636, this church underwent many renovations. It has an imposing facade with a central false dome. The bell of the church originally came from the seminary church of the Jesuit College of St Solhe at Monte Santo in Old Goa. The Church is built in the Rococo period and style


After a bit of deliberation, I thought of adding a pic of the facade of the church too. Enjoy!

Facade of the Moira Church

5 responses to “Forbidden Fruit

  1. Nice pan! was this shot portrait or landscape? nice glow to the church as well… and what’s a central false dome?

  2. Thanks!!!

    There are few domed churches in Goa which have adopted this false dome façade in the 18th century. Inspired by the major example of St Cajetan in Old Goa, several 18th century architects in this area developed this theme, replacing the more usual gable, or pediment between the towers, with a false dome on an octagonal drum complete with balustrades and lanterns.

    Corbel domes achieve their shape by extending each circular layer of stones inward slightly farther than the previous, lower, one until they meet at the top. These are sometimes called ‘false’ domes. ‘True’, or ‘real’ domes are formed with increasingly inward-angled layers which have ultimately turned 90 degrees from the base of the dome to the top.

  3. why forbidden fruit?

    • “forbidden fruit” because there was a notice not to click pictures in the church… only one photographer and all… 😉

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