St. Thomas Church Museum

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  • Saint Thomas Church
    Saint Thomas Church
  • Saint Thomas Church Museum
    Saint Thomas Church Museum
  • Inside View of Saint Thomas Church Museum
    Inside View of Saint Thomas Church Museum

St. Thomas Church Museum

The Church was built in the year 1598 by an order of Bishop D. Aleixo Menezes. It was the first Parish Church of Diu. Later on the status of the Parish Church was transferred to the Church of Immaculate Conception. As this church of St. Thomas ceased to be the Parish Church it was also desecrated and it was used for various profane purposes. The Altar is said to have been transferred to Silvassa.

This edifice came under various functions – as an Orphanage, Home for the Aged, Museum, Police Station and prior to liberation it housed the Angolan Battalion. Post liberation, it was abandoned and it was in custody of the Parish Priest of the Immaculate Conception. At present, it houses a Museum inaugurated on 12th October, 1992. Carved woods, old statues, stone inscriptions and other artifacts are collected from various sites and displayed in the Museum. It is an archaeological treasure house.

How to Reach :

By Air

Diu has an airport at Nagoa which is connected by a flight from Mumbai to Diu. The chopper service operate from Daman to Diu.

By Train

The nearest railway junction is Veraval, which is 90 km from Diu. Major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Dwarka and Thiruvananthapuram are directly connected to Veraval Railway Station. Moreover, a meter gauge at Delwada is just 8 km far from Diu. Daily two trains connect Junagadh & Veraval to Delwada Railway Station.

By Road

Gujarat and Maharashtra are connected through many road links which connect to major National Highways of the Country. Vadodara: 595 Kms, Daman: 768 Kms, Ahmedabad: 370 Kms and Mumbai: 950 Kms. Gujarat State as well as private operator buses runs from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Bhavnagar etc. to Diu.