Heritage Tour - Forts and Churches in Goa
Our heritage tour is the best way to explore the cultural diversity, history and religious traditions and customs of Goa. This tour is to show you the real essence of “Rome of the east’. This tour will make you soak in the rich cultural heritage of Goa. We have included all the prominent vintage forts and churches that reflect the colonial legacy of India.
Fort Aguada, Aguada – Fort Aguada is easily one of the most popular destinations of Goa. It is the perfect testimony for the glory of Portuguese legacy. It was constructed by Portuguese in the 1612. The magnificent fort has been standing high with all its elegance for over four hundred years. Aguada Light house is also another feature that makes this spot popular among the tourists. Catching the sunset and sunrise view from here is a beautiful rewarding experience.
Reis Magos Fort, Reis Magos– The fort was constructed as an outpost for Adil Shah of Bijapur in 1493. When the Portuguese conquered Bardez, they renovated the fort and built along with the church. It was also used as a jail later by them. By 1993, it was abandoned and was it started deteriorating drastically and finally the restoration process started in 2008. This Portuguese styled fort facing the capital city of Panjim is surrounded by sturdy laterite walls studded with typically Portuguese turrets and formally accommodated viceroys and other dignitaries.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa – The Basilica of Bom Jesus (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rules.
‘Bom Jesus’ (literally, ‘Good (or Holy) Jesus’) is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the countries of Portuguese colonization.
Se Cathedral, Old Goa– The architecture style of the Se Cathedral is Portuguese – Manueline. The exterior is Tuscan, whereas the interior is Corinthian. The church is 250 feet (76 m) in length and 181 feet (55 m) in breadth. The frontispiece stands 115 feet (35 m) high. The Se Cathedral’s tower houses a large bell known as the “Golden Bell” on account of its rich tone. It is said to be the largest in Goa, and one of the best in the world.
Ruins of the Church of St.Augustine, Old Goa – The church was constructed in 1602 by Augustinian friars who had arrived in Old Goa in 1587 and was abandoned in 1835 due to expulsion of religious orders from Goa and the Portuguese government ordered its demolition. All that’s left today of the Church of St Augustine is the 46m-high tower, which served as a belfry and formed part of the church’s facade.
Mount Mary Church, Old Goa– Located barely 03 kms from the Capital, this beach welcomes you to swaying Pine trees and also holds the mortal remains of the first Chief Minister of Goa.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim– High above the idalco Palace built by Adil Shah, the glorious Panjim Church has been mesmerizing the tourist with its spectacular view of Panjim City. Located in the heart of Panjim City, it the first church of Goa and also of one of the most favorites among the travelers. Square of flowers in front of the church built back in the year 1855, is a beautiful feature of this splendid Portuguese church. Hilltop above the church is called Bairro Altos de Pilotos because large beacons used to be lit here to guide ships into the estuary before the light house.
Chapora Fort, Chapora– Chapora Fort has been popular among the tourists because it is easily one of the most beautiful evening spots to chill in Goa. Surreal beauty of this awe inspiring fort was captured in the famous Bollywood movie called Dil Chahta Hai. The sunset sky is simply incredible from this fort and we assure you that this spectacular sight will remain etched in your heart for eternity.
Private A/C Transport