Every major town in Goa, has its little hill or hillock which offers some of the best views of the town, the Altinho hill in Panjim, the hillock at Mapusa which houses the St Xavier’s college and the mount at Old Goa, all give visitors panoramic views of the towns below stretching up to the horizons. Margao, the commercial capital of Goa, also has its magnificent hill, popularly called the Monte Hill. At the top of this hill, which can be reached by a long and winding lane, is the chapel of Calçada de Nossa Senhora de Piedade or Our Lady of Mercy.


Swetha Ravindra, 2010 (

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Lynn Barreto Miranda, 2009 (Panoramio)

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The white washed picturesque chapel is at the highest point of Margao and a favourite amongst those wanting to spend time observing Margao’s ever changing landscape or to enjoy the cool breezes coming from the nearby Colva Sea. The Chapel is open for service every Sunday and is usually crowded with the faithful from nearby towns who have made it their preferred place of worship. The chapel plays an important part in the Christian liturgical calendar in Margao, where in the crucifixion of Christ is enacted on the hill on a large wooden cross on Good Friday, the body of Christ is then carried in a procession to the Church of the Holy Spirit below for mass and veneration till Easter Sunday. More...