Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church was one of the first church to be built in Goa, being there by 1541. The early church was completely re-built from its foundation in 1619 and this was even considered, taking into account of the negligible population of the area and the size of the new church, a striking commentary on the religious climate of the time and the wealth available to the churches.
The interior of the church is relatively simple by the standards of the time, although the backdrop to the main altar, dedicated to Mary Immaculate, is impressive. I particularly liked the two cupid statues hanging from the ceiling. However, it is the two flanking altars that catch the eyes, that on the left dedicated to Jesus Crucified and on the right to Our Lady of the Rosary.
Reis Magos Fort
Reis Magos fort, surounded by sturdy laterite walls studded with typically Portuguese turrets, was erected in 1551 to protect the narrowest point at the mouth of the Mandovi estuary. It is situated on the south-eastern extremity of the tableland on the right bank of the Mandovi, in the province of Bardez. It was enlarged subsequently on different occasions and finally re-erected in 1707.
There are more forts and churches in Old Goa waiting to be explored. Stay with me as I will take you to Old Goa now where the real essence of Portuguese culture lies.