A piece of Portugal.
Former capital of Portuguese India, Old Goa evokes a host of emotions, specially when one visits the remains of the magnificent churches and convents that were once at par with that of Rome and Lisbon. It’s not hard to picture the grand palace of Adil Shah with its high walls, towers and his mosques and temples, even though all that remains of this brilliant structure now is its gateway. Then there is the Chapel of St. Cajetan, which was inspired by the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the impressive Se Cathedral of St. Catherine, which as the largest church in Asia is larger than any church in Portugal.
Nickname: Rome of the Orient
The most basic necessities of the Goan cuisine are the basic fish, curry and rice. However, one can see the wonderful way in which the Portuguese, Hindu and Muslim cultures have blended themselves to form a unique cuisine of its own here comprising of a wide variety ranging from sea food to chicken and beef, and numerous dishes to satisfy the vegetarian appetite. The local prawn balchão and sorpotel have earned their spot in menus worldwide.
As with the rest of Goa, the population of Old Goa is composed of a majority of Hindus, followed by Christians and then Muslims and other ethnicities in small numbers.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Museum of Christian Art, Se’ Cathedral Church, Chapel of St. Catherine, Chapel of St. Cajetan, Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery, The Convent of Santa Monica
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