Art and Culture
Goa is a land of crafts and craftsmen, where
aesthetic quality finds a natural expression.Goa has a rich
and magnificent tradition of the classical arts. Over the years,
Goans have excelled in poetry, music and the fine arts.
The exquisitely carved rosewood and teak furniture,
the terracotta figurines, the classic brass items and the
unique gold jewellery designs all speak of an age still valuable
in this technology obsessed world.
The folk paintings of Goa have been traced to
different places from ancient temples, churches and palatial
manors to humble households. They mostly depict episodes from
the epics - the Mahabharata and the Ramayana and the Puranas
and also scenes from the New Testament.
During the Portuguese colonisation, local craftsmen
played a major role in the development of the exquisite furnishings
and decorations used in residential houses, churches and chapels.
This art can still be seen the Christian Art Museum at
Cabo da Rama Goa
Forts in Goa
Cabo da Rama is located on the southern coast of Goa, this fort
has been under the regime of various rulers until the Portuguese
took it over from the Raja of Sonda in 1763. After taking charge
of the fort, More.....
The Portuguese had won their rule in Goa but the threat from
the Muslim and Maratha rulers went on. To protect themselves
from this risk, the Portuguese built the Chapora fort in 1617.
Fort Aguada is strategically situated at the estuary of the
river Mandovi, this fort was constructed in 1612 as a guard
against invasions from the Dutch and the Marathas. More.....
Terekhol fort situated on the Terekhol River, lies on the northern
tip of Goa, on the hillock overlooking the Arabian Sea. In its
courtyard is the century old church of St. Anthony. More.....
Some Famous Mansions of
Da Costa Mansion Goa
Situated in Loutolim, a south Goa village, this mansion was
built in nineteenth century. This house is an example of how
practicality and functionality took priority over grandeur.
Single storeyed, this mansion built by Padre Pedrinho and
Padre Laurence is inspired from so many styles that its architecture
Dos Colacos Mansion Goa
Situated on the left bank of river Mandovi, this is probably
the only Goan mansion facing the river. The facade of the
mansion is baroque in style. The mansion offers a spectacular
view of the islands of Chorao and Divar and churches of old
Braganza, Braganza Pereirera Mansion Goa
Situated in Chandor, this mansion is considered to be one
of the grandest mansions in the state. The sheer magnificence
of the mansion from outside as well as inside is beyond comprehension.
For a landscape that is dotted with architectural examples,
every other house is an example in itself. In Loutolim is
a Figueredo mansion raised on a high plinth and its balcao
(porch) is interesting to see as it shows evolving of convenience
Handicrafts of Goa
Handicrafts of Goa are the most valuable assets of the beach
state, which are not only ethnic, but their creative merit surpasses
many costly trendy items of the present age. Goanese are very
good at carving out showpieces out of natural stuff like coconut
husk or palm leaves. More.....
Churches of Goa
Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi,
Church of St.Francis of Assisi situated in Old Goa is a 17th
century pieces of religious art. A beautiful octagonal tabernacle
richly decorated in an ornate style has two statues, one of
St. Francis of Assisi and the other of Jesus on the Cross. Vows
of poverty, humility and obedience of St. Francis of Assisi's
are inscripted right below these two statues.
Of St. Catherine, Old Goa
Chapel Of St.Catherine situated in Old Goa is dedicated to
St. Catherine. It stands as a living monument of the conquest
of Goa by Alburquerque. At one enters the chapel you will
see a statue of Our Lady. There is also a beautiful altar
dedicated to St. Catherine upon which stands another statue
of Our Lady Of Peity.
Basilica Of BomJesus, Old Goa
Basilica Of BomJesus, is situated in Old Goa. Bom Jesus means
Infant Jesus or Good Jesus. Inside the Basilica, you will
see a beautiful display of architectural pieces in wood, stone,
gold and granite. Immediately to the right is the altar of
St. Anthony and to the left is a wooden statue of St. Francis
St. Cajetan Church, Old Goa
St.Cajetan Church situated in Old Goa. Equally amazing is
the high vault on which are inscribed the words of Christ
"My House Is A House Of The Words Of Christ".
The church has alters to dedicated to the Holy Family, Our
Lady Of Piety and St.Clare and to the right are the altars
dedicated to St. Agnes, St. Cajetan and St. John.
Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier
Chapel and Tomb of St. Francis Xavier is a plain chapel with
only one altar and is built of laterite plastered with lime
mortar, with tiled roof supported by wooden rafters.
Mass is conducted, and certain "MASS HOURS"
have been set. These are:
Weekdays: 07:00 to 08:00 hrs.