The Nunnery of Santa Monica, named after St. Monica, Augustine’s mother, is right next to the ruins. The Nunnery once housed not only nuns but also widows who were ready to serve God and noblewomen whose husbands had left for faraway lands on military expeditions or conquests.
The Nunnery of Santa Monica is now a Christian art museum that is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the Miraculous or Weeping Cross is housed in one of the chapels of this three-story building.
An alleged nun by the name of Sr. Stigmata—body wounds, scars, and pain in locations corresponding to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion wounds—were present on Maria de Jesus when she died here at the age of 78. This appears to have been confirmed by the physicians of the time, and the story has also been recorded in the Goa Government Secretariat.