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After the Portuguese invaded Goa, they built many forts in Goa to prevent the entry of the enemy. Goa is in a position to boast about these Goan forts, some of which have been converted into hotels. The kind of architecture that has been applied in building these forts in Goa is something that Goa is proud about. When you visit the forts of Goa, the concoction of different cultures-namely Portuguese, Hindu and Muslim- stares at you.

historical monuments in Goa, Chapora FortFORT AGUADA
Fort of Aguada is situated in the north of Goa, 18 km from Panaji. The Fort of Aguada in Goa was built by the Portuguese to control 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 in Goa, you can get a fantastic view of the golden beaches running right up to the borders of the Indian state of Maharashtra. At the center of the Fort Aguada in Goa is a circular lighthouse tower which was built in 1864. If you can manage to reach the top of the lighthouse, then you can catch some excellent view of the Cabo Raj Niwas. The Fort presently houses the central jail.

MORMUGAO FORT
This fort near the internationally famous Mormugao Harbour was built to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town. Its work started in 1624. It covered an area of six miles in circumference, contained towering bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. It had 53 guns and a garrison with 4 officers, and was an important fortress on the western coast. However, except the chapel and a portion of the boundary wall, little is left of this fort.

TERACOL (TIRACOL) FORT
It was a key Portuguese fort for the defence of Goa, on the north side of the estuary of the Tiracol river, the most northern boundary of Goa. This fort is marked by decorative turrets and dry moat with commanding views of the estuary and ocean. The church set in the middle of the fortress has a classical late Goan façade. The fort presently houses a tourist hotel. The beach is situated at the confluence of river and sea and generally recognised for its tranquility.

THE GATE OF THE COLLEGE OF ST. PAUL
The College of St. Paul, once the principal institution of Jesuits in India for imparting knowledge on Christianity, was built over the ruins of a mosque south of St. Cajetan’s church at Old Goa in 1542. However, it was abandoned during the outbreak of plague in 1570 and went into disuse. The Government demolished this ruining structure in 1832 to carry materials for building construction in Panaji. The only remnant of this College is the façade in the shape of an arch with a niche at the top and a cross crowning it. The arch that led to the College as a gateway is built of laterite, flanked on either side by a basalt column of the Corinthian order on raised plinth, and supported by basalt pilasters of the Doric order.

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.

THE TOWER OF THE CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Built in 1602, the only ruin of the Church of St. Augustine on the Holy Hill at Old Goa near the Nunnery, is a lofty 46-metre high tower defying the torrential rains. The tower is one of the four of St. Augustine Church that once stood there. The Church when intact was perhaps the biggest in Goa. With the religious suppression in 1835, the Augustinians deserted the church and the convent. The neglect resulted in the collapse of the vault on September 8, 1842. The façade and half of the tower fell in 1931 and some more parts of it collapsed in 1938.

GOA CABO DE RAMA
Not far from Agonda beach in Goa is Cabo de Rama, untouched by most of the visitors in this region. The atmosphere of the fort creates a sense of history and drama that very few would fail to appreciate. The fort is named after Rama, hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the local legends, Rama stayed here with his wife Sita during the period of 12-year exile.

 


 
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