Goa’s Portugal Connection

Trujetter Team

, Culture

Rondevu with the sea, early morning mist, tin y boats of fishermen, the ships sailing in the sea, and boldly -hued houses are all synonymous with the tiny emerald land of Goa. The place is blessed with natur e and many other treasures to make for a memorable experience.

When you see yourself surrounded by Arabian Sea in the west, Sahydari mountains in the east, Portuguese architecture and dressing and flavours of kokum, you know you are in Goa. The state is a perfect blend of ancient city with Portuguese architecture and contemporary shacks at the beach and a plenty of multi-cuisine restaurants. If you are a foodie, Goa has everything from smoky flavours to finger-licking Burmese and other international cuisines.

Mesmerising Architecture

The State was colonised by the Portuguese from 16th century to mid-20th century and thus one can see their influence in everything from architecture to dressing and culture. When you visit Goa, the churches, forts, mansions and the traditional dresses testify the diversity of culture in the state. Various churches in Goa built by the Portuguese exhibit Baroque style of architecture. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception has Baroque façade and is European in style while the Basilica de Bom Jesus is a combination of Corinthian, Doric, Ionic, and composite styles. The Gothic elements in the architecture are visible in the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine. The motifs in the Church of Francis Assisi tell the tale of Portuguese Manuelin style. The carvings and patterns of doors and windows of mansions not only exhibit Baroque style but are a wonderful example of a style that we normally refer to as Indo-Portuguese. A visit to the Braganza house in Chandor will surely bring to life this style of architecture.

The Goan houses are known for their red tiles and bright colours. The use of colours like blue and yellow is typical to houses where Portuguese resided. Apart from the buildings, the Goa Carnival is a reminder of the diversity of the State. The festival reminds the vibrant history of Goa and its Portugal connection.

 

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