Heritage Tours â€“ Forts and Churches in Goa
Goa, a coastal state is a hit destinations amongst honeymooners, beach junkies and those who want to enjoy the sun kissed beaches in winter. Formerly a Portuguese Colony with a rich cultural history, this pretty state is a blend of Indian and Portuguese traditions and architecture tempting tourist across the globe. Heritage tours in Goa display Goan culture and its legacy through the past ages and the present. . Goa is a place for not only for adventure lovers but also for admirers of legacy and culture. You will get to understand Goaâ€™s history of Portuguese culture in depth.
The forts in Goa are worth visiting when you visit Goa thus incorporate them in your Heritage Tour. Aguada Fort - It is a historical landmark where you get to view the lighthouse inside. The fortress was made by Portuguese thus it is a beautiful exhibit of Portuguese design. Presently the fort contains central jail. The Portuguese constructed this fort in 1612. It is still retaining its elegance and grandeur for over four hundred years.
Chapora Fort - Chapora Fort was made by Portuguese and comprised of red laterite. You can see two hidden passages which gave the way to attacked protectors once. It was made famous by the movie DIL CHAHTA HAI. The sunset hues visible from this fort is simply mesmerizing.
Reis Magos Fort â€“ This fort is located on the bank of waterway Mandovi and facing the capital city of Panjim. It was made by Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1493. A church was built with the church by the Portuguese. But it started deteriorating after being abandoned. Restoration took place in 2008.
The Old Goa churches included in this tour are:
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa - Located at Old Goa, 10 km east of Panaji is the Goaâ€™s most well-known church, the Bom Jesus Basilica which is also a World Heritage Monument. It contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, whose body is said to be as fresh as the day it was buried.
Se Cathedral, Old Goa - Dedicated to the Catherine of Alexandria, Indiaâ€™s largest church, Se Cathedral is a perfect example of Portuguese architecture. The Church and convent of St. Monica is located on the Holy Hill. It is celebrated as the first nunnery of the East with the architecture a blend of Tuscan on the exterior and Corinthian styles in the interior. A large bell â€˜Golden Bellâ€™ known for its rich tone is also present in the churchâ€™s tower.
Ruins of the Church of St. Augustine, Old Goa â€“ Augustinian priests built this church in 1602 but was abandoned in 1835. The Portuguese government then ordered the church to be destroyed. Only 46m high tower is remaining.
Mount Mary Church - Despite the fact that it is in an isolated area prompts this little church being disregarded, it is unquestionably justified of a stop on a voyage through Velha Goa (Old Goa). With simple outsides, extravagance insides and heritage site, this church is the thing that one may call a shrouded treasure. Its plain whitewashed walls presents a beautiful backdrop against sunset and the view from its vantage point is genuinely stunning.