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Reis Magos Fort

Panjim

14.3/5(35 Ratings)

Reis Magos Fort Overview

Ranked 5 of 104 sightseeing in Panjim

Reis Magos Fort was built in 1551 by Sultan Adil Shah. Located on a strategic location, the church is situated in the fort that is frequently visited by travellers visiting Calangute and Candolim beaches. In 1760, the fort was rebuilt by Portuguese rulers to protect their territory from the invaders of the neighbouring states of Goa. The  fort also contains a church 'Reis Magos',   that is located at the base of the fort.

The   fort got it’s name 'Reis Magos', which in Portuguese religion symbolises the Magi Kings. Concept of 'Magi Kings', also known as 'three wise men', states that they went to Bethlehem after the shining star to bestow their gifts towards the Infant Jesus. The fort is one of the three places in Goa where the feast of the three wise men takes place.  .

Since Post-liberation, the fort is still being used as a jail by the Goa government. The newly discovered spacious rooms, below the two main buildings are used to serve as prisons, where entry is not permitted.

It is believed that the church of the fort was constructed on the ruins of an ancient Hindu Temple.   Bas-relief lion statues on the sides of the stairs are also one of it’s most prominent features.   The church houses graves of two Viceroys of Goa, whose tomb stones are still present in the graveyard.
 

Video Reviews

Now this place of worship is a monument of State Importance  Video Review

Now this place of worship is a monument of State Importance

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Situated at the narrowest point of River Mandovi  Video Review

Situated at the narrowest point of River Mandovi

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An old fort but well kept  Video Review

An old fort but well kept

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Built by Yusuf Adil Shah in 1493  Video Review

Built by Yusuf Adil Shah in 1493

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Exhibition inside the fort  Video Review

Exhibition inside the fort

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20th May 16

What travellers are saying about Reis Magos Fort

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
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Ruchika Yadav

Ruchika Yadav3.2/5

14 reviews

A nice place for history lovers

best place to explore about Goan history and Portuguese style of living!had gone for Photo shoot ........... totally loved the area. it will take you to the Past of goa which you will totally love and cant restrain yourself from clicking picture! should go enjoy and relive the goan history.
  • A nice place for history lovers

Sunil Jacob

Sunil Jacob3.9/5

19 reviews

Best place to see the beach and half of GOA

its really a nice place to have you in and out of Goa.it is some what out of traffic and inside Goa.the way or the road towords this place is cool full of trees,not much of people you can see on the road, day time the road is good but in the night you have to take care of safety.

Manoj Saini

Manoj Saini4.6/5

40 reviews

Worth a visit

Unlike other ruined fort in Goa, This is a well maintained Fort on Mandovi river bank. There is an entry fee of Rs 50/- per head. One has to climb a little but once up it offers a breathtaking view across mandovi. The Govt has spent a good amount in taking care of this fort and you will find it neat an clean. There are number of halls where portraits of Fort chronology are kept for history lovers. Worth a visit if you are in Goa. Check out the day before you head here. The fort remains closed on Monday and govt holiday.

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  • Worth a visit
  • Worth a visit
  • Worth a visit
  • Worth a visit
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2109 reviews

A Historic Fort at wonderful location

Reis Magos Fort was built in 1551 by the Portuguese at the narrowest point of the river Mandovi and had a strategic significance, which was very well realized by the Portuguese General Afonso de Albuquerque, situated about six and half kilo metre away from Condolim. The Fort of Reis Magos was of great strategic importance because it served as a first line of defence to the port town of Goa. The high walls are topped at convenient points by cylindrical watch towers, a distinctive feature of ancient fortifications. The fort had the advantage of a everlasting source of water from the nearby spring. Massive changes were made the Reis Magos fort in the early eighteenth century, during the administration of the Viceroy Caetano de Melo e Castro. At this stage it was defended by guns of different calibres. The Fort run as jail till 1993 and during this period a number of moderation were carried out. Once omitted the Fort fell into ruin. Fort was also used to lodge the short term convicts mostly were freedom fighters working for the liberation of Goa, when the freedom movement of Goa was intensified.This fort remains restricted for the public but after extensive renovation works it was opened for the public on 05th June 2012. A historic fort at wonderful location must be visited. This Citadel, whose history is connected with the Freedom Fighters of Goa, who fought for freedom, sacrificed their lives and spent in Jail, were our heroes and our inspiration for freedom.

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  • A Historic Fort at wonderful location
  • A Historic Fort at wonderful location
  • A Historic Fort at wonderful location
  • A Historic Fort at wonderful location
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Bhavesh Swami

Bhavesh Swami5.0/5

2 reviews

A surprise awaits you at the splendid Reis Magos Fort

First things first, the fort is not only a brick and mortar structure like others you see in Goa. It has got a lively feel to it and if you have grown on cartoons appearing in the Outlook Magazine, you just cant afford to miss Mario Miranda in full force at this place. You are greeted with a very nicely done souvenir shop at the entrance with equally pleasing staff that are more than happy to share the history of the place with you over a free flowing chat. T-shirts, mugs having imprints of Mario can be purchased as you return back as his legacy and charm would not allow you to return empty hands.How a typical fort used to function is evident at the very main entrance of the place with hot oil spill hole observing you in full glare. Equally moving description of its restoration makes you bow to INTACH and local authorities who took so much pain to make this history come alive at every nook and corner of the fort.There are pics describing how it was a few years earlier and what wonders the restoration work has bought in. In the biger halls, you have Mario's travel to London and other destination via sketches that tell his state of mind and how witty he felt while going there. I rank it ahead of other places/ forts in Goa as there is so much to do here and by the ways views of Arabaian Sea are excellent from the roof top. You can carry your wine or beer and sip at the bench placed outside with permission from the authorities, they are usually ok with that with a promise of quite sitting and silence. Free water and other drinks at nominal price make it icing on the top.

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  • A surprise awaits you at the splendid Reis Magos Fort
  • A surprise awaits you at the splendid Reis Magos Fort
  • A surprise awaits you at the splendid Reis Magos Fort
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2109 reviews

The Fort of great strategic importance

The Fort At Reis Magos was built in 1551 by Don Alfonso de Noronha in Nerul area, the fifth viceroy, as a second line defence after the Fort Aguada and Cabo the tip Of the Dona Paula. It once housed a prison, which was moved to Mormugao. Originally it was built by Sultan Yousuf Adil Shah in 1493, and it was rebuild by Portuguese, to safeguard their territories from invaders. The fort is located at the eponymous village on the northern bank of the Mandovi River in Nerul at the narrowest point of the river or just at the southern side of Bardez. The Fort of Reis Magos was of great strategic importance because it served as a first line of defence to the port town of Goa. In 1739 it was occupied by Marathas and 1741 they were retreated by new Viceroy Marquis, and from 1798 to 1813 it was occupied by the British considering the defence of Goa By French. To restore the Fort the government of Goa and sponsored by HHT and after restoration this historic fort was opened on 05th June 2012.

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  • The Fort of great strategic importance

Palak Salunke

Palak Salunke4.6/5

2 reviews

Nice holy place

It was a nice and very beautiful place, the maintaining of church is some little bit require, chutch location is excellent, I think bags and other food not allow in church. .thank you..

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

2109 reviews

Second Line Defence Of Portuguese

the Fort At Reis Magos was built in 1551 by Don Alfonso de Noronha, the fifth viceroy, as a second line defense after the Fort Aguada and Cabo the tip Of the Dona Paula. It once housed a prison, which was moved to Mormugao. Originally it was built by Sultan Adil Shah, and it was rebuild by Portuguese, to safeguard their territories from invaders. The fort is located at the eponymous village on the northern bank of the Mandovi River.

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Sadhvi .

Sadhvi .3.6/5

6 reviews

Picturesque place

The place offers a nice view from the top . The history behind it is interesting . The combination of green grass, white washed walls ,red bricks made this very picturesque.
  • Picturesque place
  • Picturesque place
  • Picturesque place

Sushil Kannan

Sushil Kannan3.6/5

35 reviews

Fort lives its own life

This old fort of Portuguese could have been better kept but tells its own tales in its own way. Holiday makers to Goa do not make it to this Fort in the same numbers but if you do not visit you do not miss it.

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Reis Magos Fort , Panjim

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Manoj Saini

Reis Magos Fort , Panjim
Reis Magos Fort , Panjim

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Ruchika Yadav

Reis Magos Fort , Panjim
Reis Magos Fort , Panjim

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Bhavesh Swami

The old and restored pics showing great work done
Reis Magos Fort , Panjim

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Sadhvi .

Reis Magos Fort , Panjim