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Monuments around Mapusa

There are a number of important monuments scattered around Mapusa, mostly forts or fortresses of an erstwhile era with an interesting history. Click on for more...

Reis Magos Fort Aguada Fort Chapora Fort
Corjuem Fort Terekhol Fort Ruins of the Fortress of  Colvale 


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Reis Magos Fort

It is situated on the southeastern extremity of the tableland on the right bank of the Mandovi, in the province of Bardez, about two miles to the northeast of Fort Aguada.  It was constructed in 1551by the Portuguese to guard the entrance to Goa at the narrowest part of the Mandovi river, enlarged subsequently on different occasions, and finally re-erected in 1707.

Though far inferior in size to the fortress of Marmugao, yet standing on an eminence, its commands, splendid view around.  It is in a good state of preservation, and is defended by 33 guns and accommodation for a small garrison.  Towards the east, at a little distance from it, flows a spring with abundance of excellent water, while at its base rises the church of the Reis Magos, ascended by a beautiful flight of stairs.

This edifice was built on the ruins of a pagoda in 1550 by the Franciscans, with the sum allotted to them by the Government, and bears a crown on its façade, and the royal arms on its sanctuary and other places. The pavement is dotted with inscriptions, the most important of which, found in the sanctuary, indicated the spot enclosing the remains of Dom Luis de Ataíde, count of Athoughia, who twice held the position of Viceroy of Portuguese India and Goa.

This Fort stands on the north bank of the Mandovi at Reis Magos, and is very much visible from the Panaji side of the Mandovi river.  It was used as a residence for viceroys and later converted to a fortress. It was occupied briefly between 1798-1813 by the British army. It was subsequently abandoned by the military and served as a prison until recently.

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Aguada Fort

This imposing structure built of laterite lies west of Reis Magos and lies at one end of the coastline of beautiful beaches that begins with Sinquerim and ends with Vagator. It is the largest and best preserved forts in Goa. It was built in 1612 to guard the entrance to the Mandovi river. It derives its name from several freshwater springs that existed on its site. For the ships that sailed from Portugal, it was the first stop after a long journey for fresh water supplies before moving inland. Today it houses the state prison. There is an old Lighthouse that stands in the middle of the fort and it was built in 1864., and it once housed the Great Bell of the Church of St. Augustine in Old Goa before it was moved to the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Panaji.


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Chapora Fort

This fort lies at Chapora , which is on the southern tip of the Chapora river as it opens into the Arabian sea. It marks the end of the coastline that extends from Fort Aguada. It was built in 1617 by the Portuguese. It fell twice to the Marathas and was rebuilt after the Portuguese took control back in 1741.It was abandoned in 1890's after the New Conquests.

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Corjuem Fort

This fort is situated 4km north of Pomburpa, alongside the Mapusa river near the village of Aldona. It was built in 1705 by the Portuguese.

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Terekhol Fort

This fort is situated on the northern bank of the Terekhol river. It was built by the Raja of Sawantwadi and was captured by the Portuguese Viceroy, Dom Pedro de Alameida in 1746.The church and the fort were rebuilt then. It was the site of a revolt led by the first Goan born Viceroy of Goa , Dr Bernardo Peres da Silva in 1825. He used it as a base for an armed revolt against the Portuguese but this attempt was crushed by the Portuguese forces. He never returned to Goa.


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The ruins of the Fortress of Colvale

Standing on the northern frontier of Bardez, on the left bank of the Bardez River, this fortress was erected in 1681 by the court of Alvor as a barrier against the inroads of the Marathas and Bhonsles. It was taken by the Marathas in 1739, and later recaptured by the Marquis of Lourical on the 13th of June 1741, and had a small garrison, besides a regiment, posted about the same time in a convenient situation.  The regiment was removed to Mapusa in 1841, while the Fortress, which had been abandoned and neglected a few years previously, went to ruin, and now presents only a few traces of its former might.

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