Cabo Raj Bhavan

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Cabo Raj Bhavan information

Location
Dona Paula , India
More information
www.rajbhavangoa.org
Opening hours
chapel Sun Mass 9.30-10.30am, Christmas, Easter & feast days
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On the westernmost point of the peninsula stands an old fortress, Cabo Raj Bhavan , nowadays the official residence of the Governor of Goa. Plans to build a fortress here, to guard the entrance to the Mandovi and Zuari Rivers, were first proposed in 1540 and, although the 16th century had become the 17th before work on the fortress began, a chapel was raised on the spot almost immediately. The fortress was subsequently completed and the chapel extended to include a Franciscan friary. The fort itself, though equipped with several cannons, was never used in defence of Goa, and from the 1650s was instead requisitioned as a grand and temporary residence for Goa’s lucky Archbishop.