HERITAGE TOUR OF SOUTH GOA

Day Trips & Excursions in Chandor

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A chance to see Goa's rich heritage homes. Portuguese Architecture | Artifacts | Art | Food | Culture
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Figueiredo MansionTHE FIGUEIREDO MANSIONGoa’s most influential family for over 400 years. Built in 1590, the Figueiredo Mansion pre-dates the Taj Mahal by decades. It was designed by Jesuit priests from nearby Rachol Seminary to accommodate a newly-converted Goan family – the Podiars, who took the name Figueiredo.The house’s sumptuous interior stands in studied contrast to the natural beauty of the paddy fields and coconut trees that surround it.In the 18th century, with the family’s rise in power, the house was suitably augmented to achieve its current proportions. The addition is still known as the “New house”.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Menezes Braganza House, Chandor, South Goa District, GoaLocated in Chandor Village, Braganza House was built in the 17th century. This huge house issituated on one side of the village square. It has now separate houses, with a common entrance. Theeast wing occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, has a small chapel with a relie of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artefacts collected by the family over a number of years, have added to the beauty of the house. There is a Great Salon, a big ballroom with the floor made of italian marble antique chanderlier from Europe adorning the ceiling, and heavily carved , ornate rodewood furniture. What stands out among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, beating the family crest, which was given to the Perira – Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th Century and is made from local seeso (martel wood), lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by craftsman from Curtorim Village. For antique aficionados, the house holds many delighful finds.The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes braganza family. Apart from its exquuisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, it also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa .It has almost 5,000 leather bound books collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the part he played in Goa’s independent movement.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Palacio do Deao, Quepem, South Goa District, GoaThis 213 years old mansion was built by a Portuguese noble man, who was the Dean of the Church, and founder of Quepem town. The house faces the Church he built and is on the banks of the wildly beautiful Kushavati River.It is built in an unusual style blending elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture.Another of its outstanding features are the lush gardens which have managed to preserve their historical features and have, since old times, been known as the most beautiful pleasure gardens.Duration: 3 hours

What’s included

  • Lunch - Lunch at local restaurant
  • Guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - The Figueiredo Mansion
  • Entry/Admission - Menezes Braganza House
  • Entry/Admission - Palacio do Deao

What’s not included

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