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Margao

This is the capital of Salcette taluka and also the headquarters of the South Goa district. It is also Goa's second largest city. It is also a commercial and industrial center. The main square is also called the  Praca Jorge Baretto. Most restaurants and office buildings are located around the park. On its south side lies the Municipal building and Library. The streets south of the square lead to the bazaar and the fish market.

The historical Largo de Igreja, the Church square,  lies a few Kms north of the Praca Jorge Baretto . It used to be Margao's colonial quarter. The square  is surrounded on three sides by beautiful old buildings and on one side by the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit.

Located a  block northeast from the Largo de Igreja is the famous "House of Seven Gables" or "Sat Banzam Gor".  This beautiful  mansion  was commissioned  in 1790 by Sebastino da Silva, a high ranking Portuguese official. Today only three of the seven gables remain. 

The road from the Largo de Igreja winding up towards towards another Margao landmark is the Calcada de Nossa Senhora de Piedade. It leads up to Monte Hill. It offers a spectacular view of the Salcette countryside in general and Margao in particular.

Approach

There are regular bus services from Panaji and Vasco da Gama and they depart from the KTC bus stand, 3kmsd north of the city. There are also buses to Colva, Benaulim and other nearby villages leaving from here. The interstate buses also depart from the KTC bus stand.

There are two  train stations, the newest being the Konkan Rail train station located about 3kms from the city center.  

Local Sightseeing

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Nearby cities
Vasco da  Gama

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Nearby beaches
Colva, Benaulim, Majorda, Betalbatim, Betul, Canaguinim, Agonda, Palolem, Rajbhag, Polem

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Nearby Churches
Church of Holy Spirit, Margao
Rachol Seminary, Rachol

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Nearby Temples
Shree Damodar Temple, Zambaulim
Shree Chandranath Temple, Paroda
Shree Navdurga Temple, Borim
Shree Shantadurga Temple, Fatorpa

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Nearby Masjids
Jama Masjid, Sanguem

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Nearby Monuments
Cabo de Rama , Buddhist caves, Rivona

Local Infrastructure

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Banks in Margao   

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Currency exchange centers

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Post office - Margao Post Office, Margao.

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Police Station - Police Station, Margao - Tel: 722175

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Restaurants in Margao

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Internet Cafes

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Hospitals - Hospicio Hospital, Margao - Tel: 722164

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Drug store / Pharmacy - Holy Spirit Medical Stores - Tel: 737433

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