Historical Places to Visit in Goa

A coconut tree on the shores of Goa

Goa’s historical places create a rich and tranquil atmosphere where you can recharge your soul. You can do this from the lap of bespoke luxury and breathtaking views at Villa in Palms by V Escapes, and set off exploring some of the most ethereal historical landmarks. We have curated a list of historical sites in Goa that should definitely be a part of your itinerary if a revitalising tour is what you crave.

The charming and quaint architecture of Goa’s historical places preserves memories of a forgotten era. Let’s start with the most prominent construction here - churches! Goa’s colonial past as a Portuguese stronghold and a place of evangelization led to the construction of many churches. These fine examples of Portuguese-style colonial architecture are a feast for the eyes of even the non-religious!

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a 20-minute drive from our villas. This iconic monument contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Gilded altars and marble floors inlaid with precious stones will greet you at this 417-year-old basilica.

the facade of Basilica of Bom Jesus, one of the most popular historical places in Goa

Continuing with the theme of beautiful architecture, SE Cathedral is a 20-minute drive away. Dedicated to St. Catherine, it has scenes from her life carved into six main panels. Other features include exquisitely gilded reredos and a rich golden bell, which is the largest and one of the most famous historical places in Goa. Speaking of bells, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is graced with the 2nd largest bell in the state and a pair of distinct stairways in a symmetrical zigzag form. It is quite the beauty and definitely is one of the most treasured historical monuments of Goa.

Next on our list is the gothic church, Mae de Deus, which boasts its gothic spires and white walls, resembling that of a castle. It is a mere 10-minute drive away from V Escapes. Apart from it, The Church of St. Francis of Assisi also wins a spot on this list, thanks to its marvellous interiors displaying frescoes of intricate floral designs.

Like the graceful churches, Goa is also a proud home to several stellar, well-preserved forts. These forts here served many rulers and are now a staple for tourists.

the facade of Mae de Deus

Goa's Fort Aguada Lighthouse and Jail is crowned as a Monument of National Importance. This 17th-century citadel overlooks Sinquerim Beach and is rightly titled "Aguada," which means "watery" in Portuguese. The lighthouse is the oldest of its kind in Asia. Another beach overlooking the fort is Cabo de Rama. The legend says that Lord Rama and Sita took refuge here during their exile, hence the name Cape of Ram. Speaking of coastal forts, Mormugao Fort is yet another historical location that provides a fabulous view of the Arabian Sea.

Reis Magos Fort, a mere 15-minute drive away, sits at the mouth of the Mandovi estuary. It once served as a defensive wall against the Marathas and accommodation for the Viceroys. Chapora Fort, one of the most renowned historical places in North Goa, was popularised globally through the film “Dil Chahta Hain”. The fort was built by the Muslim ruler Adil Shah.

Not only is Goa familiar with its enamouring churches and forts, but also temples and museums. These historical marvels have survived the times and still are must-visit locations amongst travellers and locals alike.

Aguada Lighthouse, one of the most cherished historical places in North Goa

The basalt rock structure of Tambdi Surla Temple, built in the Kadamba style, has intricate carvings of elephants and lotus flowers. The Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and witnesses a heavy footfall from Hindu worshippers. The alluring Safa Shahouri Masjid, surrounded by a water tank and lush grasslands, is a Monument of National Importance in Goa. It is one of the well-known mosques that is beautified by lush gardens and fountains. Inside, the mosque sees a terracotta roof that declares itself as the prayer hall.

If you wish to learn about the rich heritage and history behind the coastal state, then definitely pay a visit to The Goa State Museum. It houses dedicated departments and 14 galleries like the sculpture gallery, cultural anthropology gallery, National Heritage of Goa gallery, etc., which is an art and history buff’s delight. Located at Adilshah’s Palace, it has a whopping 8000 artefacts on display.

After a well-spent day of travel and adventure, you can retire in the comfort of the luxurious villas by V Escapes, complete with tropical outdoor showers and a cosy deck for stargazing.

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