Old Goa is a city that echoes tales that combine grandeur with spirituality and is the perfect brand ambassador to the multi-faceted history of the state of Goa. It still provides glimpses of the era, when it was the hub of Portuguese India. Be it the well-preserved architectural marvels or how two vibrant cultures confluence, you can unravel a lot of mysteries when you visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. iTvara’s   Luxury Villa in Goa has everything it takes to address your convenience and luxury during this journey. Make a comfort-laden journey into the heart of North Goa, where every street tells you a story about aa bygone era keeping you captivated throughout.

The Rise and Significance of Old Goa:

The story of how Old Goa rose to prominence brings out its cultural and historical richness. When the Portuguese established their colonial rule here in the 16th century, Old Goa transformed into a bustling metropolis. Its strategic locale, just beside the Mandovi river, made it a port preferred by traders, missionaries and adventure-seekers across the world.

This was the time when art, architecture and commerce flourished greatly in this city earning it the adage of being the “Rome of the East”. Massive structures were constructed including churches, convents and public buildings through a blending of Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles. It was not just reflecting how wealthy the city’s dwellers were at that time but also showcased the dominance of Portuguese culture and religious beliefs.

It was not just its architectural feats that increased the significance of Old Goa. Rather, the city became a melting pot for diverse cultures and religions. The city played a huge role in spreading Christianity in India with noted missionaries like St. Francis Xavier starting their religious missions from here. With the unique fusion of both Eastern and Western culture, Goa was able to secure a distinctive identity that reflected subsequently in its art, cuisine and culture.

Architectural Marvels of Old Goa:

A road trip through North Goa will showcase to you its architectural landscape that magnificently testifies the historical grandeur this city holds. Every structure provides you with a reflection of the splendour and religious significance it held during its peak.

Leading the way is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which holds the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier. The baroque style architecture of this monumental structure is an awe for pilgrims and tourists alike, particularly when they see its intricately curved façade with gilded altars.

The white façade of the Se Cathedral, which also happens to be one of the largest churches in Asia, makes it another equally majestic and imposing structure. The wood carvings within that depict the life of St. Francis showcases how artistic the people in those times were.

These historical structures are not just restricted to being places of worship. They have become banner holders for the peak of art and culture that Old Goa enjoyed during its heydays. Visits to such place often end up being a nostalgic time travel back to a time where you unearth the colonial legacy of Goa.

Old Goa Today: A Cultural and Spiritual Hub:

So, what does Old Goa have in store for you today as a tourist? The city is a highly revered cultural and spiritual hub, which has been able to preserve its illustrious past through some enduring monuments. The hustle and bustle that the city enjoyed during its peak period has now transformed to a more serene atmosphere but the city has not lost its charm as being one that holds a strong historical and religious significance. The architectural marvels of the city have been recognised by UNESCO by featuring them in its World Heritage List. This attracts a lot of scholars, art connoisseurs and tourists to the city from across the world.

But it is not just its religious prominence that Old Goa is limited to. The city also serves as the epicentre for a number of art exhibitions and cultural festivals celebrating the unique heritage of the state. By perfectly blending Indian and Portuguese cultures, the city creates a memorable experience for all visitors through its festivities, music and cuisine.

With a number of organisations now committed towards preserving and restoring Old Goa’s monuments, the city has been infused with a renewed sense of vitality. This preservation work will ensure that the rich mix of history, culture and spirituality will  be shared with the future generations, as an enduring legacy of a bygone era.

Experiencing Old Goa from iTvara’s Villa:

For iTvara’s guests at their Villa in North Goa, the visit to Old Goa becomes a seamless blend of historical exploration while enjoying modern luxury to its fullest. Strategically located to ensure a comfortable reach, provides you with the unique opportunity of exploring the rich tapestry of Goan heritage while enjoying the comforts of our opulent accommodations.

Start your day by enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the villa and the take that short, scenic drive that lands you into the heart of Old Goa. If you wish, guided tours can be arranged for you offering insightful historical narratives about all the architectural wonders that you visit. Post a memorable day of exploring the ancient churches and absorbing the rich cultural heritage of the city, retreat to the tranquil ambience that   offers, reflecting on your memorable day amidst luxury and comfort.