Azad Maidan

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Azad Maidan information

Panaji , India
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To the west of the Municipal Gardens, the grassy Azad Maidan (Freedom Park) wouldn’t, sadly, win any prizes at a flower show. It’s centred on a small pavilion (whose Corinthian pillars were reclaimed from the rubble in Old Goa), which houses a modern sculpture dedicated to freedom fighter and ‘Father of Goan Nationalism’ Dr Tristao de Braganza Cunha (1891–1958). The domed edifice formerly held a statue of Afonso de Albuquerque, 1510 Portuguese conqueror of Goa, now relegated to the State Archaeological Museum in Old Goa.