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Location : Old Goa, Panjim, Goa
Built In : 1599
Dedicated To : Vasco da Gama
Nearby Attraction : St. Cajetan Church

The Viceroy Arch - Gateway To Glory

The Viceroy Arch , Old Goa
The Viceroy Arch, Old Goa

Every city has its own gateway and these silent sentinels open their heart to take you to the irrefutable journey of bygones as soon as you prepare yourself to walk through them. They preserve an unknown air of royalty that entices every traveller. Goa is no exception, and above all when it flaunts of a rich Portuguese history. Built in 1599 as a memorial to Vasco da Gama, the Viceroy Arch stands symbolic on the jetty of Old Goa. It is said that each viceroy had to pass through this arch before he took his office. The gate is an excellent example of Maneuline style of architecture, though the arch in itself is a feature of the Italian renaissance.

Walk Straight Through This Beautiful Gate

Though the original structure was built soon after the conquest of the city by the Portuguese, by Francis da Gama (Viceroy 1597-1600 and great grandson of Vasco da Gama), the arch underwent considerable changes in latter years. The arch was completely re-built in 1954 and embellished with exquisite floral designs that allures its visitors. See the beautiful laterite synergy on the archway except for the facade on the riverside which is facetted with greenish granite. Walk past the two additional tiers, housing the statue of St Catherine on top and Vasco da Gama on the granite facade facing the river, as a symbol of Gamas's discovery of sea-route to India. Try to read the Gothic inscriptions engraved on the archway and it is a fun to do that. Another inscription on it is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, commemorating the emancipation of Portugal from Spain in 1656. You can also visit the Church of St. Cajetan which resembles St.Peter's Basilica in Rome. The church is unique in its own way because of its lime-plastered laterite block arhitecture, that magnificently displays an impeccable Greek influence.

Drive Your Way

Located at a distance of 10-km from Margao is the Ancestral Goa which holds the pleasure of housing one of the must see attractions in the city, the Viceroy Arch. During your holiday vacations it is best to hire a car or a bike for commutation, which can be easily done from the town square or village market. Locally tourists can also afford state transport buses that ply on the downtown roads quite frequently.

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Top 5 Highlights of The Viceroy Arch

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Enter Through The Gate of Viceroy's
Plan a holiday trip to Goa and you can have the pleasure to explore one of the major creations of the Portuguese. Built in 1599, the Viceroy Arch now stands as a sentinel of time beside the jetty of Old Goa.

The Viceroy Custom
Visit the pad which once boasted to be the fountainhead of high responsibilities. In the 17th century, visitors landing at quay, passed through this arch, and the new viceroy coming in from Portugal would ceremoniously be given a key to the city under it.

A Brilliance In Architecture
The Arch is no doubt a beautiful piece of art, made in the Maneuline style of architecture with a flavour of Italian Renaissance. The magic can be seen in the form of motifs like swathes of seaweed, corald, conch shells, cupids, angels and other works of art.

A Gateway To God
The Viceroy Arch serves as a good gateway to the Church of St. Cajetan. One can spare some time out to visit this beautiful church of laterite blocks put in Greek architecture, and which resembles St.Peter's Basilica in Rome.

A Walk Under The Old Roof
Enjoy a walk under the Archway and you will feel the history of Goa - or perhaps a bit of Portuguese - crawling in the interiors. Look at the beautiful floral motifs, the big blocks and the ambiance of Old Goa, that has been successful in preserving the arome for more than four centuries.

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