Braganza House, Chandor

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Timings : Both the east and west wings are open to public visits daily and there are no set times for a tour. If an individual enters then a family member from either side gives a guided tour along with stories during the years of the rule of Portuguese.

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : INR 150

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Braganza House, Goa Overview

Braganza House is a 17th-century grand Portuguese mansion that stretches along an entire side of the village square in Chandor, South Goa. It is a popular tourist attraction as it is a one-of-its-kind mansion that is open to the public. This land was granted to the Braganza family by a Portuguese king, who built a glorious mansion that later was inherited by the sisters of the family. A guided tour is given to all the tourists either by a family member or a representative.

The Braganza Mansion spreads over an area of almost 10,000 square meters and is a grand sight to behold. It houses stunning antique handcrafted teak and rosewood furniture, draperies, and paintings. The ceilings are hand-painted and a splendid library with a collection of over 5000 books is located in the west wing of the mansion. It is believed that some of the artifacts in the mansion were presented to the family by Dom Luis, who was the king of Portugal during the 19th century. The coat of arms of the last Royal Family of the Portuguese, which was a title bestowed upon the family by the king, is also visible in the ballroom of the house.

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How To Reach Braganza House, Chandor

Located around 10 km from east of Margao, the nearest railhead to the Braganza House Goa is Margao Junction. From Margao one requires to take Abade Faria Road and from there head to Swami Chinmayananda Road right upto Chandor. From here, the Braganza House is clearly visible.

Antiques and Architecture of Braganza House

A treat for the lovers of history and architecture, the museum in the west wing is filled with opulent Belgian glass chandeliers, antique treasures from Portugal, China, Europe and Macau; floors made out of Italian Marble and an extensive library of Dr Luis de Menezes Braganca, a noted journalist during the Independence Movement of Goa. This library has a collection of over 5000 books and is believed to be the grandest of its kind in Goa.

The East Wing belongs to the family of Pereira- Braganza; it is well maintained though not grand as the west wing. Here, one can witness antiques from all over the world and a ballroom with a large marble floor. The eye-catcher is the quaint family chapel that has preserved a fingernail of St. Francis Xavier carefully over centuries.

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