Azad Maidan is a domed monument built by the Portuguese in 1843. Today Azad Maidan shows a memorial dedicated to freedom fighter Tristao de Bragança Cunha a Goa hero. These days the square is a favorite spot for various types of protests in Goa, where different opinions are voiced and issues discussed, or open screaming matches at supposed injustices.
Azulejo is a Portuguese glazed ceramic tile. In Portugal and other former Portuguese colonies azulejos are found in palaces, churches, homes, schools and restaurants. Azuelo often show historical points in Portuguese culture.
Colorful window and grille in Fontainhas -the old Portuguese area of Panaji. Fontainhas has a unique atmosphere distinct from the hustle of Goa with narrow alleys and colorful Portuguese homes. The old world charm has been maintained thanks to buildings being freshly painted in vivid colors: bright red, yellow, green and various shades of blue.
Colorful window and grille in Fontainhas -the old Portuguese area of Panaji. Fontainhas has a unique atmosphere distinct from the hustle of Goa with narrow alleys and colorful Portuguese homes. The old world charm has been maintained thanks to buildings being freshly painted in vivid colors: bright red, yellow, green and various shades of blue.
Colorful window and grille in Fontainhas -the old Portuguese area of Panaji. Fontainhas has a unique atmosphere distinct from the hustle of Goa with narrow alleys and colorful Portuguese homes. The old world charm has been maintained thanks to buildings being freshly painted in vivid colors: bright red, yellow, green and various shades of blue.
Modern Azulejos in Fontainhas - the old quarter of Panaji Goa. The area is known for its colorful buildings, architecture and relaxed lifestyle which is the envy of the rest of the state. Azuelos are normally blue, an artifact left over from the Portuguese colonial period, though they have taken on a more colorful, Indian flavor in Goa from time to time.
Wrought Iron Doorway in Fontainhas which is the old European or more specifically Portuguese quarter of Panjim. Fontainhas has a certain mood that is different rom the rest of Panjim. Its charm has been left intect thanks to the colorful paint jobs of buildings in the area bright blue, ochre and various shades of red.
Fontainhas is the old Portuguese area of Panaji or Panjim as the town is often called. 
Fontainhas latin quarter has a special atmosphere distinct rom the hustle of the main city, with narrow streets and colourful Portuguese houses. The district lies at the base of the hillside called Altinho, and springs from the hillside, gave it the name Fontainhas. The old world charm has been kept due to the fact that most houses in the area are painted red, yellow, green or blue, often with overhanging balconies.
Fort Aguadas was built as a reference point for ships coming from Europe at the time. The Portuguese fort stands at the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea and was constructed in 1613. A spring at the fort provided water to the ships which is how the fort got its name. On the fort stands a fat, squat Portuguese lighthouse built in 1864 - the oldest of its kind in Asia. The lighthouse no longer used after 1976, instead a more modern lighthouse is used nearby.
Calangute Beach Sunset - Goa is a small state in India, most well known for its beaches. There are beaches for every taste from rave beaches (Baga), Russian vodka guzzling beaches (Candolim), sixties hippie beaches (Anjuna) and just quiet tropical mellow beaches down south (Palolem and Patnem).
Modern Industrial Mural showing workers lives in Panaji, Goa - often called Panjim.
Panaji Municipal Garden is a popular resting area for Goans especially in evenings and early mornings. The garden was originally called Garcia da Orta Garden, to commemorate a 16th Century physician, who came to Goa to help the sick. In the middle of the garden is a monument honooring the first sea voyage from Europe to India on its 400th anniversary. The foundation was laid by Vasco da Gamma in 1498.
Se Catedral de Santa Catarina usually just called Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of Catholic Archdiocese of Goa. It is one of the most celebrated churches in Goa built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory occurred on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her name. Se Cathedral originally had two towers, but after the collapse of the right tower it was never rebuilt.
St Augustine Ruins in Goa was abandoned in 1835 as a result of the expulsion of the religious order from Goa. The main vault of the Church collapsed and the convent has been in ruins ever since. The valuable articles belonging to the monastery and church were lost or sold or dispersed over many churches in Goa. The bell from the tower was taken to the Church of Our lady of Immaculate Conception in Panjim. Because of its partial demolition, weather and natural decay, most of the complex has fallen apart. The five storey bell tower is being conserved to keep it from collapsing as well.
Church of St. Cajetan was modelled on the Basilica of St Peter in Rome. The Church of St. Cajetan as it is popularly known is also originally called the Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence. The church and convent were built by Italian friars. Although the church is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence, the church is named after the founder of the Theatine order, St. Cajetan who was a contemporary of St Francis Xavier. The building which housed the Theatine Monastery near the Church, is now the Diocesan Pastoral Centre. In the grounds of the Church are the remains of the doorway that was once the entrance to an Islamic palace belonging to Adil Shah, the ruler of Goa before the Portuguese took over.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was one of the first churches to be built in Goa, constructed in 1540 and then rebuilt in 1619. By the altar is a Chapel of St. Francis Xavier with a special glass encased statue of him .
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