This mansion in Loutolim, a South Goa village is famous for the many large
and beautiful houses spread out in a radius of about 1-km from the nucleus
of the village. The Costa mansion was built in the 19th century by two
wealthy siblings and priests, Padre Pedrinho and Padre Laurence. Built in
the Indian style such as low pitched tiled roof and wide verandas as well as
European accouterments such as Gothic- style windows and cluster columns,
it's architecture straddles with the best of both worlds just as Goa still
Solar Dos Colacos Mansion
Solar dos Colacoa Mansion is situated at Ribandar on the left bank of the
River Mandovi, mid-way between Old Goa and Panjim. It is built in baroque
style with an imposing facade with a spectacular view of islands and the
historical churches of Old Goa. It is, probably, the only Goan mansion that
faces the river. Typical of the ambivalence of the times, Nazario Colaco II
carved a sideboard of his dining room with scenes from the Ramayana. But
this is counter balanced by the strident Catholicism of the family's private
Dr. Pinto De Rosario Mansion
Pinto de Rosario Mansion in Porvorim, halfway between Panjim and Mapusa,
reflects more the joy of possession than reverence for style. Piled up in
sideboards and cupboards are rare pieces of cut-glass, silver, blue china,
ivory. The objects d'art are yet to be categorised and dated. But the sheer
quantity and doubtless quality of most of the items are quite astounding.
The Italian floor tiling is the highlight of the parlour. Above the
exquisitely carved sofa is a Dutch tapestry, a replica of Rembrandt's Night
Watch. The love- chair is said to be 200 years old.
Mascarenhas Mansion in Anjuna, North Goa, is classic due to its
characteristic "balcoes" (balconies). The monumental riches will
overpower one. The seat along the length of the porch are L-shaped, of
expensive wood, the glare is cut off with a mixture of brightly coloured
stained glass and, as if to contrast it, light tinted flint glass "such
as which is no longer made" with fine floral etchings.
Vivian Coutinho Mansion
Vivian Coutinho Mansion in Fatorda at the entrance of Margao reveals the
care that went into the planning of the entrance of a house. The Coutinhos
had a well-kept landscaped garden, the green pleasantly contrasting the red
of the masonry seats. They broke the monotony of the red wash and the outer
wall, interspersing decorative tiles.
The corridor of this massive mansion runs along the front facade and faces
the Mandovi River. This is the only extant Goan mansion that faces the
waterfront. The walls are washed in Ox-blood colour, one of the three
traditional colours of Goan exteriors, the other being White (very
Portuguese) and indigo (very Indian).