Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Viceroys Arch A Great Example of Portuguese Architecture

Many of the tourist attractions in Goa remind travellers of the times when this Indian state was under Portuguese rule. Among these attractions is the Viceroy's Arch, located in Old Goa. It welcomes visitors arriving in Old Goa for exploring all the historic remains that the city still houses. The Viceroy's Arch was constructed in the year 1599 by Francis da Gama, who served as Viceroy of Portuguese-occupied India from 1597 to 1600, and was the great grandson of Vasco da Gama. In the following years, it became a custom for every Viceroy to pass through this arch before taking charge.
Viceroys Arch
The original structure was built by Francis da Gama, soon after the Portuguese conquered the region. It underwent many changes in the years that followed, and was completely re-built in the year 1954. Embellished with attractive floral designs, this structure attracts visitors of Old Goa by its beautiful laterite works. Greenish granite has been used in the construction of its facade on the riverside. As the travellers walk past the two additional tiers, they can find a statue of St. Catherine on top. The image of Vasco da Gama can be seen on the granite facade that faces the Mandovi River. Visitors can spare some time to visit the Church of St. Cajetan, which looks quite similar to St. Peter's Basilica of Rome.

Old Goa is located at a distance of about 10 kilometres from Margao, the second largest city of the state. While enjoying their vacation, tourists can hire a car or bike to reach the Viceroy's Arch. They can also travel in the State Transport buses that ply frequently around the region. Accommodation in any of the Colva Beach hotels would make it convenient for travellers in visiting the Viceroy's Arch. Modern facilities provided in these hotels make the stays of their guests truly memorable.

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