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Best place to see the beach and half of GOA

Review of Reis Magos Fort, Panjim

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sunil Jacob

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  • Sunil Jacob
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 19 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Best place to see the beach and half of GOA"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
Its really a nice place to have you in and out of Goa. It is somewhat out of traffic and inside Goa. The way or the road towards 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.
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Manoj Saini

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  • Manoj Saini
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 103 photos
  • 37 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Worth a visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2016
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 and 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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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Rizwanuddin Rafiq
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"A Historic Fort at wonderful location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 13, 2016
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 kilometer away from Candolim. 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 watchtowers, 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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Bhavesh Swami

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  • Bhavesh Swami
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A surprise awaits you at the splendid Reis Magos Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
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 can't 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 brought in. In the bigger 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 Arabian 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 quiet sitting and silence.

Free water and other drinks at nominal price make it icing on the top.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"The Fort of great strategic importance"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
The Fort 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 Yusuf 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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About Reis Magos Fort

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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.

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