Along with endless beaches, Goa is speckled with beautiful old buildings reminiscent of the Portuguese who ruled here for 450 years. Over the centuries, under their rule, local nobility evolved, consisting mostly of Hindu Brahmin converts to Christianity. They built grand Goan mansions, whose Portuguese influence is obvious but they also reflect a unique fusion of local and Western ideas.
On this Tour:
• Visit the Braganza house at Chandor in south Goa which is perhaps the grandest colonial mansion in Goa, housing precious artefacts from around the world.
• Get mesmerised by the sheer size of the over 450 year old Braganza House, which has 28 balconies, is 110 metres long and flanks the full length of one side of the village square, boasting of the biggest private library in Goa.
• See a variety of material used in its construction – Portuguese tiles in the visitor’s saloon, Flemish wood in the library, Italian marble in the ballroom, crystal chandeliers from Venice and Belgium and windows made using coloured glass from Venice, and decorated with scraped and laminated oyster shells found on Goan beaches.
• Visit the more intimate Palacio de Deao. This 213 year old mansion was built by the Portuguese Dean of the Church and founder of Quepem town.
• See an unusual style that blends elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture.
• The Palacio de Deao has lush gardens which have to-date preserved their historical features and also houses an eating area on the belvedere, where Indo-Portuguese cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served.
• Stop at the main Margao bazaar for a look at the vibrant and lively fish market.
Duration: Full day - 8 hours