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Margao

About Margao refers to all the historical and geographical facts of the city of Margao. Margao city located in Goa is known to be the commercial capital of the state. Margao also known as Madgaon is one of the oldest cities of Goa. Margao has a rich history to boast about. During the pre-independence period ancient Margao was known to be the temple town of th country. Much before the Portuguese colonizers settled down in this part of the country this region was home to innumerable temples. From the time the Portuguese settlers strengthened their base in Margao most of the Hindu temples were destroyed. Christianity was propagated and a multitude of churches were established.

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Old Goa

Old Goa was the erstwhile capital of the Portuguese dominions in Goa. Before the arrival of the Portuguese on the Goan shores, Old Goa was the regal capital of Sultan Adil Shah of Bijapur. After defeating the armies of the Sultan, the Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albuquerque started building their empire around Old Goa.

As the epicenter of Portuguese territory, Old Goa witnessed the profusion of magnificent churches and majestic buildings befitting the stature of the city. During its halcyon days, Old Goa became famous as the "Lisbon of the East." But soon recurring outbreaks of epidemics like cholera and malaria made the city highly inhospitable and the Portuguese moved their capital to Panaji in 1843.

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Distance from Major Cities

Goa 590 Kms
Delhi 1390 Kms
Chennai 1320 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Dabolim Airport is 28 kms from Margao and is well connected with all major cities of India.
by Rail All Railway Stations like Margao, Panjim, Vasco etc are well connected to all major states & cities of India.
by Road Goa has a good network of roads and it is well connected to all nearby states.

Monuments in Goa

 

The Largo de Igreja in Margao
The Largo de Igreja, or the Church of the Holy Spirit as it is also known, dominates the entrance to the city, just north of the Municipal Garden square. The church area is surrounded by beautiful old residential houses still in pristine condition. The church was built by the Portuguese in 1675 and is one of the finest examples of late-Baroque architecture in Goa, boasting a pristine white fašade and an interior dripping with gilt crystal and stucco.

The famous "House of Seven Gables" or "Sat Burzam Ghor" in Margao
The famous "House of Seven Gables" or "Sat Burzam Ghor" is a magnificent mansion was commissioned in 1790 by Sebastino da Silva, emissary and private secretary of the Portuguese Viceroy. There are only 3 gables exist now.

 

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Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa
A must-have on the Old Goa tour, the Basilica of Bom Jesus church is dedicated to Infant Jesus. An epitome of Baroque architecture, this church has been declared a World Heritage Monument. Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrines the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. On the occasion of 'Exposition,' held once in a decade, St. Francis Xavier's body is displayed for the public.

Se Cathedral in Old Goa
One of the largest churches in Asia, the Se Cathedral was dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria since the Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa on the St. Catherine's day (November 25) in 1510. The church contains the Golden Bell used during the infamous Goa Inquisition.

Archaeological Museum in Old Goa
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) set up the Archaeological Museum in the abandoned Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. The 8 galleries of the Archaeological Museum in Old Goa display portraits and sculptures from the prehistoric to the late mediaeval period.

 

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Viceroy's Arch in Old Goa
The Viceroy's Arch was built by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, the grandson of Vasco da Gama. A statue of Vasco da Gama, resplendent in his royal uniform, can be seen on top of the arch. Built of laterite stone, the original arch collapsed in 1948 and it was subsequently restored in 1954. Tradition has it that on taking office, all viceroys made the procession under the arch where they would be given the ceremonial key to the city and Goa.

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