Old Goa Heritage Walk

From: 700.00

Old Goa Heritage Walk is a walking tour through the remains of Goa’s former Capital city providing the historical link from pre – Portuguese times to the present day where Old Goa is a World Heritage Site, housing some of the best churches.

Starting Point : Viceroy’s Arch, Old Goa (Near Divar Ferry Point)

Duration : 2 hours

Private Tour  : Daily between 08:30 AM and 04:30 PM
Cost : INR 700 – 2000 per person (depending on group size)

Type : Heritage, Culture, Architecture,

Ideal Season : All Year

Cost : INR 500 -1000




Description

Experience the past glory of Old Goa in our Old Goa Heritage Walk

In our Old Goa Heritage Walk, explore the some of the most historically significant buildings. Old Goa is a World Heritage site housing some of most grandest and oldest churches in the region. Among these are the Basilica of Bom Jesus which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The imposing Sé Cathedral, the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Chapel of St Catherine, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, the Church of Our Lady of Rosary, the Church of St Cajetan, the Chapel of St Anthony and the ruins of the Tower of St Augustine’s Church.

The Old Goa Heritage 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. It was the capital of the Bahmani Sultan Adil Shah empire. The Portuguese arrived here in 1510 under their commander Afonso de Albuquerque, and captured the city from Adil Shah, the ruler of the Bijapur Kingdom. They came to the East in search of trade and to eventually spread Christianity.

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.

Highlights:

  • Begin the Old Goa Heritage Walk at Viceroys Arch
  • Visit the church St Cajetan
  • Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Notice the remains of St. Francis Xavier
  • Visit the imposing Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Goa.

Itinerary

The walk starts outside the Archeological Museum which can be found on the left hand side as you enter the main precinct of Old Goa.
After surveying the pieces of ruined buildings displayed outside the Museum, we proceed to Old Goa’s first church, the Church of St Catherine. We then pass some remains of the Old Wall of Goa and the rear of the Archbishops Palace, before we arrive at the Viceroy’s Arch and the Church of St Cajetan.

We then trace the old main street of Old Goa, the Rua Direita to pass by the Se Cathedral and the Church of St Francis, before reaching the Basilica of Bom Jesus where the remains of St Francis Xavier are to be found.
Timing: Daily 9 am and 4pm
Duration: 2.5 hours
Meeting point: Gandhi Circle

Facts

Closest Airport : Dabolim Airport
Closest Railway Station : Karmali Railway sattion
Bus : In Panjim. The major state transport corporation buses operating in Goa are the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

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