What pop-up into your mind when you think about Goa? Is it the beautiful beaches, nightclubs with never-ending parties, casinos, and adventurous water sports? If you believe that your list of top activities to do in Goa is complete, you are missing one of the most significant things to experience.
It is none other than the historical heritage of Goa. Irrespective of the fact that it is the smallest state in India, Goa possesses an influential historical background. Portuguese arrived in Goa in the year 1510 and controlled the state for a very long period. The culture and history of Goa are highly influenced by Portuguese as you will see the architecture of the historical places based on Portuguese style.
If you are a history lover and looking for a place rich with cultural heritage, you should visit Goa.
If you are not aware of the historical places of Goa that you must visit, you are at the right place. Here in this blog, we will provide you with a list of the top 5 most famous historical places in North Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus Church is located in North Goa and is unique in its architecture and beauty. This is one of the most historical places in Goa. Basilica of Bom Jesus was built in the year 1594 and the historian believes that the construction coincided with the beginning of Christianity in the Indian subcontinent.
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It is the oldest church in Goa and might be the oldest in India too. You can analyze the historical, cultural, and religious prominence of this place by the fact that it is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. This church is located in the North Goa district, 10 km away from the state capital Panjim.
Fort Aguada is a Portuguese fort built in the 17th century at the place where the Mandovi river meets the Arabian Sea. This fort is located on Sinquerim Beach which is located 18 km from Panjim. The unique highlight of this fort is a solitary four-story lighthouse.
From this fort, you can experience an alluring view of the sunset. This fort was built in the year 1612 to ensure the protection of the surrounding areas from the attacks of the Marathas and the Dutch. Due to this, Fort Aguada is one of the most prominent for the Portuguese. This fort is named after the Portuguese name for water “Agua” and was one the biggest freshwater reservoir in Asia.
Goa can be described as a city full of churches. One such church is Se Cathedral i.e. one of the prominent historical monuments in North Goa. The history of this church is very rich as it shows the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim army in North Goa. This historical heritage of Goa reflects the Corinthian and Tuscan architecture.
If you are in Goa, you must add this place to your list of must-visit places in Goa.
Have you seen “Dil Chahta Hai” i.e. one of the most hit movies of Bollywood? Is this you wish to sit at such a place to get mental peace where three friends in the movie were sitting facing the sea and surrounded by the ruins of a fort?
Yes, you are thinking right as this that was not other than Chapora fort. This is one of the best cultural heritage of North Goa. You should visit Chapora Fort for experiencing its charismatic vibes and the alluring views of Anjuna and Vagator beaches.
St. Augustine Tower
St. Augustine Tower is located near the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Its remains are still standing to date. This historical place in Goa is having a rich and long history of Portuguese reign in the state. At present, the ruins of this place are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Next time whenever you get a chance to visit Goa, you should take out some time to visit these famous historical places in North Goa. We ensure that visiting all these places will add some additional stars to your vacation.
We recommend you to stay in North Goa as all these historical monuments are located in this part of the state and staying nearby will help you in easy reach there. There are various great resorts in North Goa.
White Flower Cottages is one such place to stay in Goa that can be rewarded with the title of best resort near Vagator Beach. This theme-based resort will surely make your stay in Goa more memorable with its finest hospitality services.
So, book your stay with this resort in North Goa on your next vacation to feel the real essence of Goa.