Old Goa, a Historical City – A Treasured Indo-Portuguese Legacy

The land of crowded streets, loud music and fiery curries, India is a unique destination recommended by many travel guides. From the majestic royal palaces of Hyderabad to the bustling bazaars of Chennai, India has something to suit even the most demanding travellers. If you seeking a quiet beachside getaway in India, then Goa is the place for you!
Home to pristine beaches and many a luxury Goa resort, it is a popular holiday destination for locals and tourists alike.

A well known venue for beachside parties, Goa has a rich history that dates to the 16th century. Ruled by the Portuguese for over two centuries, it was an important commercial city during the 16th and 17th centuries mainly due to its strategic location along the international shipping route. Nicknamed ‘Rome of the East’, Old Goa was the capitol city of the Portuguese Eastern Empire until it was abandoned in 1835. A short drive from Goa’s capital of Panaji and such accommodation options as Alila Diwa Goa, Old Goa offers a convenient half-day excursion.

Founded by Afonso de Albuquerque, Old Goa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to some of Asia’s oldest and largest cathedrals. Explore Old Goa on foot and take in the grandeur of this relic of India’s colonial past. Take a guided tour through Old Goa and visit the numerous 16th century cathedrals and convents including Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of St. Augustine, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Admire the city’s first church, Our Lady of the Rosary which was built by Afonso de Albuquerque who also built Se Cathedral, the largest church in Asia.

Observe Old Goa’s European flair in its rows of Portuguese-inspired buildings which today, house the city’s museums. Admire numerous Portuguese antiquities at Old Goa’s Archaeological Museum which occupies the convent space of St. Francis of Assisi church. Take time to gaze at the exhibits at the Museum of Christian Art and Portrait Gallery that tell the story of this magical colonial city.


Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


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