Achealogical Museum Old Goa- Goa
What is today a World Heritage Site was once the
capital of Portuguese Goa. Founded by Afonso de Albuquerque as his
capital, Old Goa is dotted with an ethereal collection of churches,
convents, chapels and a cathedral. Each more magnificent than the
other. Historical evidences show that the architecture of Goa had
striking similarities to the rest of the India during the
pre-Portuguese era (fourteenth and fifteenth century). However, from
sixteenth century onwards it took a different form altogether because
of its colonial influence. Though the unique and harmonious Indo
Portuguese blend is very visible in many aspects of Goa's culture but
it is best depicted in the architecture of that period.
Nine kilometres east of Panaji, this site today stands reminding one of the golden years of Goa. It once had a population of two lakhs. The site was finally abandoned by Portuguese in 1843 when the capital was shifted from Old Goa to Panajm where it is till date. Old Goa is now maintained by Archeological Survey of India.
Old Goa is very important for Goans because of its churches. Especially the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept till date. Other attractions of Old Goa are Se Cathedral, Church of Our lady of Rosary, Chapel of St.Catherine. A trip to Old Goa will give you an interesting break from the beaches and give you a chance to peep in the rich history of the state. And Old Goa will come as a real treasure for those interested in studying historical architecture.
Vasco da Gama
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Church of St Francis of Assisi
Church of Lady of Rosary