#KuchDinTo Gujaro Goa Me

#KuchDinTo Gujaro Goa Me

Beaches

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The most obvious places to go are the multitude of beaches in Goa like Calangute, Baga, Candolim, Morjim, Anjuna, Vagator and so on. Baga, Calangute, Anjuna are the more popular and touristy beaches with fun water sports, beachside shacks and so on.

Churches

  1. The Basilica of Bom Jesus 
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A World Heritage Site of UNESCO, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches in Goa. Located in Old Goa around 10kms from Panjim, the state capital, this church holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The architecture of the church stands out as compared to other churches as it has not been plastered from outside and has a red tint due to the visible bricks. The interior of the church has marble, mosaic and precious stones inlaid its layout. The 408- year old church is an example of Portuguese architecture and colonization and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Goa.


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2. Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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Another example of Portuguese architecture specifically Baroque style, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is located in Panjim, the capital of Goa. This church was first built in 1541 as a chapel and was later built as a church in 1609. It is also known for the ancient bell which is the second largest in Goa and was retrieved from the Augustinian ruins and placed here.

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3. Se Cathedral

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Built-in the Portuguese Manueline style this cathedral is of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Cathedral Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. The cathedral was built as a symbol of victory against an army of Muslim invaders in the 16th century. It is where the largest bell in Goa is situated and is famous for its loud and strong ring. It is located in Old Goa.

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Panjim

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The capital of the state and a hub for markets and traces of the colonial heritage Panjim is a must-visit place. This where the architecture and the blend of Portuguese colonial rule meets the local culture. Most of the churches, museums, the famous Latin quarters, Fontainhas are located here. It is also a great place to do shopping with a variety of shops and markets offering local and colonial trinkets and souvenirs.

Forts

The forts are some of the long-standing structures, proof of the strong architecture from the times of Indian kings. They are also great viewpoints for the blue, and beautiful sea.

  1. Chapora fort
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Located in Bardez, Chapora Fort was built by Adil Shah a Muslim ruler in 1617. It later went into the possession of the Portuguese, the Marathas and back to the Portuguese during the course of which the fort also underwent several changes. The current structure that remains standing is the ruins of the fort.

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2. Aguada Fort

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Built by the Portuguese in 1612 Aguada fort is located near the Sinquerim beach. It has a lighthouse within the fortification which is one of the oldest of its kind. The fort was built to defend the Portuguese from the Dutch and the Marathas.

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