Goa is famous for its many imposing forts which are remnants
of the colossal castles that once guarded the territory newly invaded by the
Portuguese from their many land and sea conquests. These forts are aptly
located and well-barracked to protect the entrance to the port or to the
provinces nearby. At present, most of these forts have become dilapidated,
except for a few that have been transformed into a hotel or a prison. Yet, the
laterite walls of these historic forts, though covered with lichens, are
reminiscent of Goa's exquisite architecture.
The Cabo Fort located above Panjim in Goa is
one of them.
the Portuguese word for cape. With the Indian Ocean in the west, the Bay of the
river Mandovi, Fort Aguada and busy port
of Marmugoa on the North, Cabo Fort is
set in a panoramic section of Goa. The fort is
located above Panjim, situated over the mouth of the Mandovi and Zuari rivers.
Built in 1540 AD, the Cabo
Palace fortress was once
home to the grand Franciscan monastery which in 1594 AD became the official
residence of the Governor of Goa. Today it is renowned as Raj Bhawan, whose
museum can be visited with prior permission from the ADC Office. And it is a
must sea if you appreciate architecture and history.
The fort whose
construction was completed in 6 months has a small chapel built at the end of
the mansion, dedicated to Our Virgin Lady of the Cape (Nossa Senhora do Cabo),
which served as a landmark for the seafarers. The Cabo fort which is also
famous for the peace and quiet it provides has many major attractions. The
Durbar Hall which is the official reception area used for the swearing
ceremonies and other official occasions is a magnificent sight. The fort has a
beautiful dining room which has a capacity to seat over 30 persons and has
three suites and seven double rooms. There are several collectibles within the
fort such as the Bohemian chandeliers, Chinese porcelain and silver and wooden
furniture form the assets of Raj Bhavan. It also has an excellent collection of
high quality wooden furniture with exquisite workmanship, a set of intricately
carved chairs with figurines of Hindu Gods and Temples
indicating the complete harmony between Christians and Hindus that exists in Goa.
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