Close to the Mandovi river and Church of St.Cajetan in Old Goa is Viceroy’s Arch.
The arch was originally erected in 1599 by Viceroy Francisco da Gama (great grand son of Vasco Da Gama), and was once over the main street entering Old Goa from the river. It was built in the memory of Vasco da Gama, the famous explorer, in recognition of his achievements. There was previously another gate here, being one of the entrances to Adil Shah’s palace.
However, what you see is not the original arch. In 1954 it was reconstructed with Vasco da Gama’s figurine on the river side along with a sculpture of St. Catherine on the other side. Nonetheless, it’s a short walk down to the river to see the arch, and the landscape around it with dense palm trees is stunning.
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