Heritage Destinations Of Goa

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Photo of Heritage Destinations Of Goa by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)

1. Braganza House

Built in the 17th century, Braganza House is a magnificent Portuguese mansion that extends along one side of the Chandor village square and is spread over 10,000 sq m. 

Constructed as a single structure by the Braganza family, it was eventually divided into two wings, both of which are now open to tourists.

In 1950, the Braganza family fled from the mansion as one the family members was closely associated with the Indian Independence movement against the Portuguese rule.

It contains around 5,000 books collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a renowned journalist of his time. Though there is no entry fee, tourists can offer a donation, which is utilised for the maintenance and upkeep of the mansion.

Photo of Chandor, Goa, India by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)

Built to defend and protect Old Goa from potential invasions, Fort Aguada is the largest and the best-preserved Portuguese bastion in the state. 

It was built sometime between 1609 and 1612 to guard against the Marathas and the Dutch forces that wanted to establish their reign.

Its strategic location limited the entry into River Mandovi and also to protected Old Goa from enemy attacks. 

Goa Chitra MuseumLocated in Benaulim, Goa Chitra is a museum set up by Victor Hugo Gomes, an artist and restorer by profession, in a bid to preserve traditional items and memorabilia from the state. 

Photo of Candolim Beach, Candolim Beach Road, Candolim, Goa, India by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)
Photo of Naval Aviation Museum, Radford Boulevard, Pensacola, FL, USA by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)

5. Reis Magos

The quaint hamlet of Reis Magos (meaning three wise men) is home to two famous landmarks: the Reis Magos Fort and the Reis Magos Church. 

The fort of Reis Magos was built in 1551 and is listed under the Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. 

Located on the banks of River Mandovi, the fort is a wonderful example of the confluence of Hindu and Portuguese architectural styles. 

Photo of Reis Magos, Goa, India by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)

3. Goa Chitra Museum

Located in Benaulim, Goa Chitra is a museum set up by Victor Hugo Gomes, an artist and restorer by profession, in a bid to preserve traditional items and memorabilia from the state. 

With more than 4,000 objects on display, Goa Chitra Museum delves into the culture of ancient Goa. 

The exhibits include traditional farming implements and other ancient tools of trade.

Photo of Goa Chitra Museum, Pulvaddo, Benaulim, Goa, India by Rohit Prajapati (Aaric)

2. Fort Aguada

4. Naval Aviation Museum

One of the two military museums in the country, the Naval Aviation Museum, in Goa, was inaugurated in 1998. 

It is the only aviation museum in Asia. The chief attractions of the place are displays of Indian aircraft that were used in the history of the Navy. 

These are displayed in an open-air gallery outside the museum. The interior of the museum has been built to look like the inside of a naval aircraft carrier. 

Several galleries display naval equipment, a simulation room and exhibits from prominent battles.