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Forts and MonumentsCompared to Indian standards, Goan forts are very small in size. Nonetheless, these were of immense military, political and economic importance in a land crisscrossed by rivers and canals and bordered by sea on the west. Where smooth passage of trade vessels was vital to economy, the control of these forts in fact determined the economic and political fate and stability of the rulers. Many forts built in the 16th century are situated at vantage points on the banks or faces of the rivers and the sea, controlling the passage of vessels.

The old monuments, now in ruins due to neglect, disuse, vandalism and natural destruction, are mute testimony to the joys and sorrows, and colourful and dark events of a bygone era. Some are awesome in sheer size like the ruins of the St. Augustine’s Tower, while others are marvellous pieces of architecture, e.g. the Gate of the Adil Shah’s Palace at Old Goa. In this module, we unravel these silent spectators of history.

AGUADA FORT
Fort of Aguada is situated in the north of Goa, 18 km from Panaji. The Fort of Aguada was built by the Portuguese to prevent the entry of the enemy into River Mandovi and to protect old Goa from attacks. The fortification skirts the seashore. From the ramparts of Fort Aguada, you can get a fantastic view of the golden beaches running right up to the borders of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

GOA CHAPORA FORT
Goa Chapora Fort is situated near the Anjuna beach in Goa. The Chapora Fort gives a splendid view of the Anjuna and Vagator beaches. The fort has been well preserved except for a few interesting ruins. Once, it was a domain of the Muslim rulers before the Portuguese wrested it.

GOA TIRACOL FORT
The Tiracol Fort in Goa looks as if it has come out alive from a fairy tale. Now this fort has been converted into a hotel. A beautiful little Goan church dominates the central court around which the fort of Tiracol rises: a living church full of light and quiet elegance. Cross the court and walk up the narrow stone stairs through short passages into split level rooms which follow the contours of the headland: old furniture, superb views over the river Tiracol and the beaches and out to the blue horizon of the sea. The Portuguese had sailed in from there, established themselves in the old conquests like this one, taken over an existing outpost, converted it to a fort to repulse the latest technique of attack.


 
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