Get fascinating insights about Portuguese navigation in our tour of Old Goa ArcheoAstronomy Walk.
The Portuguese were great astronomers and the Old Goa ArcheoAstronomy Walk highlights this fact in many ways. It was this knowledge that actually helped them navigate the 7 seas and establish themselves all over the world. At Old Goa, the seat of the Portuguese empire in Asia, we find numerous scattered vestiges repudiating this story. From the entrance to the city up till the church doorways, astronomy is subtly etched in profusion. So much so, that the navigation gallery in the museum is the entire story of the Portuguese tryst with the stars.
The Old Goa ArcheoAstronomy Walk revisits some of the most fascinating facts during Portuguese rule. When Old Goa was Goa’s former capital city, it was a thriving city even during prior to Portuguese times. Under Portuguese rule Goa rapidly became a major metropolis of the 16th and 17th century rivaling London and Paris, and at its peak had a population of over 150,000 people.
However, disease and decline in trade took its toll. Consequently the city rapidly deteriorated in the latter part of the 17th century. The capital was officially moved to Panjim in 1843. Eventually, the site of Old Goa was used as a quarry to build Panjim, and buildings were left to naturally decay and were eventually demolished.
- Begin the Old Goa Archeoastronomy Walk at Viceroys Arch.
- Visit the navigation gallery of ASI Musuem.
- Get fascinating insights about Portuguese navigation.
- Understand how to locate star positions.