Historical Places in Goa To Visit Apart From Beaches

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Historical Places in Goa

Known for its spritzing beaches and might-boggling nightlife, there are also numerous historical places in Goa wrapped in its time-worn monuments and tropical spices of Southern and Portuguese Cuisines. The prepossessing face which it has today is a result of what it has gone through in its bygone days. With its authentic ancient touch and great pace of modernization, Goa is capable of attracting millions of tourists every year.

Here is the list of 16 Historical Places in Goa To Visit Apart From Beaches

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus - Most famous historical place in Goa

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This historical place in Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the tomb and remains of St. Francis Xavier. Even after 400 years, the remains are in a good condition and are taken out once every decade. Up until half a century ago, Goa was the capital of Portuguese rule in India and this is part of their heritage.

2. Se Cathedral

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One of the largest churches in the whole of Asia, Se Cathedral took nearly 80 years to get constructed. It was established to remember the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers in the city.

3. Fort Aguada

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Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a 17th century Portuguese Fort which stands till date on Sinquerim Beach, Goa. It was built in 1612 to provide protection from Dutch and Marathas. It is the most priced and crucial historical place in Goa. It was also used as a prison for Salazar's political opponents. Built on river Mandovi, it covers the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez.
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4. Church of St Francis of Assisi

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This is the famous historical place in Goa and is the oldest church located in Panjim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.

5. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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In the heart of the capital city of Panjim, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is a beautiful church lying on a hilltop. You need to climb up quite a few stairs to get to this historical place in Goa.

6. Church of St. Cajetan

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This church has a major resemblance with the St. Peters Basilica in Rome. On the left, there are three altars dedicated to the Holy Family, Our Lady of Piety and St. Clare and the right-side altars are dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John. Though this historical place in Goa is 300 years old it has been wonderfully preserved. It is still visited in large numbers by Catholic devotees and tourists alike.

7. Mae De Deus Church, Goa

Housing the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) which was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa, this historical place in Goa stands as one of the finest examples of the neo-gothic style of architecture. The church is situated in the amazing surroundings of the typical Goan countryside giving it the look of a castle from a fairy tale. The church was built in the year 1873. The first Sunday of May is celebrated as the church feast, the feast of Our Lady, the Mother of God which is the best time to join the celebrations.

8. Safa Shahouri Masjid, Goa

Safa Shahouri Masjid is a 16th-century structure which is believed to be built by Adil Shah. The simple architecture of the historical place in Goa is worth a halt here. The structure with lush green grasslands all around and a serene water tank in the foreground is quite a sight. The atmosphere is tranquil and suitable to experience a moment of peace close to the divine powers of the God.

9. Monastery Of St Augustine, Goa

Monastery Of St. Augustine is a 17th century structure, believed to be built by the Augustinian friars but today, mostly seen in ruins. The dilapidated but splendid tower of the church can be seen from a distance and one can gauge the grandiosity of the monastery when it was completely intact. It is considered as one of the biggest churches and an important historical place in Goa.

10. Reis Magos Fort, Goa

Located on the banks of the mesmerizing River Mandovi, Reis Magos Fort served as a turret to guard the mouth of the estuary and as accommodation for the Portuguese officials since 1551. The historic structure proved helpful during their war against the Marathas, but it was captured by the British around 1800. The fort then served as a prison and since 2012 it has been a historical place in Goa of national and historic heritage.

11. Cabo De Rama Fort, Goa

Located on the beautiful coastline of Goa overlooking the gorgeous Arabian Sea, Cabo De Rama Fort is frequently associated with the legend of Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana lived in the fort during their 14 year exile. It was built by the Hindu Rulers, however, in the 1760s; it was captured by the Portuguese and used as a military base and later as a prison. It, therefore, is also a historical place in Goa and significant monument in the country.

12. Corjuem Fort, Goa

Standing the test of time, Corjuem Fort is an inland fort that was built in 1705 by the Portuguese and is located in Aldona village near River Mapusa. It is also known as Khojuem Fort locally and is one of the smaller forts in Goa. However, being a relatively unexplored historical place in Goa, it has gained importance in the recent times for the sweeping vistas that it offers. It is also among the only two forts to remain standing and relatively intact despite being surrounded by the Portuguese and Mughal rulers. Legend has it that the fort has been the site of many a battles and has protected the town of Corjuem from various invasions. In its current Avatar, however, it is beautiful even in its ruins and tells tales of an era gone by.

13. Church of St Francis of Assisi, Goa

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This is the famous historical places of Goa and is the oldest church located in Panajim. The statue of Mother Mary stands at the front of the church with the tower of the church behind. This church has truly been beautifully preserved. Also, the church bell is the 2nd largest bell in the whole world.

14. Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount, Goa

Church Of Our Lady Of The Mount is a 16th century church famous for its religious significance and picturesque location. This historical place in Goa is located on a hilltop amidst thick natural vegetation giving a splendid view of old Goa from atop. The structure is now partly in ruins and closed for daily exploration, but an evening mass is held on 8th of every month. The church is also open for the public during the Monte Music Festival and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier every year.

15. Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary, Goa

Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary is one of the oldest churches in the region and is now considered as a World Heritage Site. This historical place in Goa was built on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque after Goa was conquered by the Portuguese. The captivating design of the church was inspired by Gasper Correia and has a gothic style main altar dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary.

16. Shri Ramnath Temple, Goa

Shri Ramnath Temple, also known as the temple of Ramnathi, is dedicated to five deities - Lord Rama, Lakshmi Narayan, Lord Ganesh, Kamakshi, Shanteri and Betal & Kalbhairav. The 450-year-old temple is of immense religious importance for the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins. It was initially located in Salcete but was relocated in the 16th century to save the idols from the Portuguese.

With the Southern flavours and ostentatious Portuguese influence has made these spots one of the most significant historical places in Goa. Driving through the lush green roads and diving into the blue waters of Goa is an experience to have at least once in a lifetime. Being a state dominated by several Hindu, Islamic, and Portuguese Dynasties, Goa is a blend of various cultural practices.

This post was published by Surbhi Parashar

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