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Old Goa

Old Goa

Introducing Old Goa

In its heyday, Goa’s former capital was a bustling trade city. When Old Goa (or Velha Goa) became a Portuguese settlement in the 16th century, a swath of Renaissance and Baroque-style churches and buildings were built across the city, many ...More

Old Goa Guide

The imposing Viceroy’s Arch, near the Mandovi River, acts as a gateway into the centre of Old Goa. From there, a short walk takes you to the 16th-century Se Cathedral, a Tuscan ivory building and the largest Catholic church in Asia. Next door is the 17th-century Church of St Francis of Assisi, and in the same area you’ll find the grand, Baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus. Beyond Old Goa’s religious monuments, Carambolim Lake offers fresh air and birdwatching, and the small, quirky Wax World Museum is a great family-friendly afternoon activity.