Reis Magos , Goa

On the banks of the river Mandovi , in a village named Reis Magos , near Panjim in Goa , stands the Reis Magos Fort right next to the church with which it shares its name. I was expecting it to be crowded owing to its proximity to the bustling capital city , but we were the only ones inside the fort.

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Reis Magos Church

Reis Magos in Portuguese means ‘ Three wise men’ . This is the oldest fort in Goa . The once impregnable fort was used as a prison and a hospital before it began falling apart and was abandoned in 1993. The restoration that began in 2008 has restored parts of the fort and transformed it into a cultural center. It’s a short trek to the fort , but there is a free van pick up for senior citizens and parents with infants.

The first thing one sees as one enters the fortress is the death hole.

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Death hole

The death hole was used to shoot or pour hot oil on enemies who had breached the gates. A little ahead is the  hole in the wall that was once a solitary confinement cell.

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The solitary confinement cell
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Inside the fort 
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This is currently an information center
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Wooden model of the fort 
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Remnants
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Laterite walls
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View from the cannon gallery
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The village cemetery and the church roof top 
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Prison cells
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Something interesting from the loads of information on display
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TOP – The frontpage of the TOI the day Goa was liberated 
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Taken through the glass panels installed so one can get a glimpse of the view without the fear of a steep fall !
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Walking down 
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Time to head back

In the above picture you can see a banyan tree that began to grow as a parasite on a coconut tree that stood there once and eventually strangled it. The dead coconut tree caught fire in 2008 , the banyan tree was held in place with steel ropes and is now supported by a concrete pillar . What stories this place has to tell !

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The art gallery just before the exit

There are seven galleries , each dedicated to an artist or theme. I loved these by Mario de Miranda .

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So this is Reis Magos , a lot of history , a fort with an awesome view , a quiet place to spend a few hours and some lovely pieces of art.

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7 thoughts on “Reis Magos , Goa

  1. I remember passing by the church but never entered. But, now your post makes me feel that I visited to explore the gorgeous inside view and the terrific surrounding. Superb pictures and writing.

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