Built in 1602, the only ruin of the Church of St.
Augustine on the Holy Hill at Old Goa near the Nunnery, is a lofty 46-metre
high tower defying the torrential rains. The tower is one of the four of St.
Augustine Church that once stood there. There were eight richly adorned
chapels and four altars, and a convent with numerous cells and artistic
columns attached to the church.
The Church when intact was perhaps the biggest in Goa. With the religious
suppression in 1835, the Augustinians deserted the church and the convent.
The latter was used for some time by the charitable institution of the
Misericordia. The buildings fell into neglect resulting in the collapse of
the vault on 8 September 1842. The Government appropriated the property
selling the materials the following year. The façade and half of the
tower fell in 1931 and some more parts of it collapsed in 1938.
Holy Hill, Old Goa, Panjim, Goa
Prime AttrACTIONs of Panjim
At the place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the
Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the
Marmagao Harbour. more..
About 2-km on the main road
towards Ponda, a Kuchcha road branches off to a place where a cross is
fixed. The road leads to a hill on which, commanding a picturesque view, is
the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount more..
In the Holy Hill, on the way to
the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, is a huge three-storeyed building of
laterite which was originally lime-plastered but is now plastered with
Not far to the west of the
Basilica of the Bom Jesus is the Holy Hill at the extremity of which is the
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. more..
To the west of the Se Cathedral
is the former palace of the Archbishop that connects the Se Cathedral to the
Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. more..
It is built of laterite plastered
with lime mortar, with tiled roof supported by wooden rafters is a plain
chapel with only one altar. more..
Aguada Fort, which crowns the rocky flattened top of the
headland, is the best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. Built in 1612 to
protect the northern shores of the Mandovi estuary from Dutch and Maratha
The museum has been functioning
since 1964 in the abandoned convent of St. Francis of Assisi and is
maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The collection
consists of Brahmanical sculptures hero-stones and sati stones of the early
and late medieval periods, portraits, coins and currency, revenue and court
fee stamps, wooden and bronze sculptures and armoury of the Portuguese
The Museum of Goa is housed at a new Building at the
Patto Plaze near the Ourem creek, Panaji. The most noteworthy feature of
Panjim's State Archeological Museum is its imposing size, which stands in
glaringly inverse proportion to the scale of the collection inside.
Up in the lush foothills of the Western Ghats, Bondla is
good place to see Sambhar and Wild Boar. It is smallest of the Goan Wildlife
Sanctuaries. Its area is 8-sq-kms but easiest one to reach.
mere 45 minute bus ride up the coast from the capital, Calangute is Goa's
busiest and most commercialized resort more..
On the way to Dona Paula, 1-km ahead of the confluence of
the Arabian Sea and Mandvi River, under the palm shade, is "Gasper Dias"
or Miramar Beach and is just 3-km away from the capital city of Panjim.
The Portuguese Viceroy Redondo commissioned the Se, or
St. Catherine's' Cathedral, southwest of St. Cajetan's, to be "a
grandiose church worthy of the wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese who
dominated the seas from the Atlantic to the Pacific".
3-km away from Banastari Bridge on
Panaji-Ponda Road is situated the noteworthy temple dedicated to Devaki
Krishna at Marcel. The deity is said to have been brought from Chorao in
Tiswadi to Mayem in Bicholim and then shifted to its present place during
the days of religious persecution by the alien rulers. more..
Situated in West Goa, the Mahadeva
Temple in Tambdi Surla is the state's only prominent reminder of the
pre-Portuguese temple architecture. Maintained by the ASI (Archeological
Survey of India), this 12th century temple boasts of some fine relief's on
the 'Shikhara' (spire) depicting a plethora of Gods and Goddesses.
The temple tour can be resumed by offering
prostrations unto Goddess Mahalakshmi, the presiding deity of Panaji, the
capital of Goa. The main temple has been reconstructed recently. The main
festivals at this temple are Navaratri and Chaitra Purnima.
As one tries to return to Panaji from
Harvalem, one can visit the famous temple of Sri Saptakoteshwar Naroa,
Bicholim. Sri Saptakoteshwara was the patron deity of the Kadambas who had
built a beautiful temple dedicated to this deity at the Diwar Island.
From Kansarpal one can proceed to Sanquelim, the
hometown of the Ranes of Satari who played key role in Goa's freedom
struggle. The ancestors of the present Rane family, who are believed to have
migrated to Goa from Udaipur about 600 years ago, built the famous Sri
Vithal temple situated on the bank of Valvanta River. more..
Further to the west of the Church of St.
Francis of Assisi is the chapel of St. Catherine. Built of laterite blocks
it has a tower on either side of the façade. The chapel in the
interior, having only one altar is plain more..
Opposite the Se Cathedral, beyond the road
is the large and beautiful church of St. Cajetan built of laterite blocks,
which were lime plastered. more..
Nothing remains of the Church of the
Carmelites excepting the façade and a raised pavement, which served
as an altar. Its location is to the southeast of the Church of St. Cajetan
Situated to the east of the
tower of St. Augustine it is a plain looking building constructed in the
beginning of the 18th century. The convent was abandoned in 1835. The
Society of the Misericordia occupied it for some time. more..
On the southern
outskirts of Old Goa is a hill on which stand this convent and church.
the south of the main road is the Professed House, a two-storeyed laterite
building covered with lime plaster. Despite the opposition, which the
Jesuits faced, the building was completed in 1585. more..
To the west of the tower of St.
Augustine is the Royal Chapel dedicated to St. Anthony, the national saint
of Portugal and held in great veneration by the Portuguese. It was built in
the beginning of the 17th century. more..
Four or five years ago,
Candolim, at the far southern end of Calangute beach, was a surprisingly
sedate resort, appealing to an odd mixture of middle-class Bombayites, and
Burgundy-clad Sannyasins taking a break from the Rajneesh Ashram at Pune.