Reis Magos Fort

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Host A Wedding Or Party At This Gorgeous Fort In Goa Dating Back To The 15th Century

Nupura posted on 31st July

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Originally built in 1493 by the Sultan of Bijapur Yusuf Adil Shah, this then was small-fortified outpost when he ruled over Goa. It is the oldest fort in Goa, and has been restored to serve as a Cultural and Heritage Centre. And you can now hold private functions there!

And this is the oldest Fort in Goa!

From being a Portuguese defence fortress to being a jail to imprison freedom fighters fighting for Goa’s liberation in the 1950s and then a hospital, the Reis Magos fort has served many roles for the state of Goa. It was abandoned in 1993, and had started deteriorating when the late Mario Miranda {as then convener of Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH)} approached the Helen Hamlyn Tryst to fund its restoration.

Though a small-fortified outpost from 1493, come 1551 under the then Viceroyalty of D Afonso de Noronha it was further strengthened to become what now exists as the Reis Magos fort. The fort has always had strategic importance as the first line of defence to the old port town of Goa which we now know as Old Goa. Perched atop a steep slope, it had a defensive system capable of curbing the crossing of enemy ships through the Mandovi River and the advantage of a perennial source of fresh water.

With panoramic views of Panjim, Nerul, even Old Goa on clear days, this fort is a photographer’s delight. On some days if you are lucky, one can even see dolphins jumping about in the sea.

Once you enter the ticketing centre at the bottom, there is free parking and a minimal entry fee of Rs: 50 to enter the fort. So there is a steep slope to climb up to this fort, but in case you are unable to, then also offer a car service from the ticket centre to the top.

Once there, there is an immaculately preserved fort, sparse crowds, well maintained cannons with neat and crisp signage, pictures that educate and entertain.

So there is a permanent exhibit of Mario Miranda’s sketches, old maps, photographs and drawings of the fort and its history. Also on offer are amazing vistas of the Mandovi river meeting the Arabian Sea.

And one can just visit it and enjoy this beautiful fort, or book it to conduct weddings, private parties, book launches and anything else you can think of. Do carry lots of water and snacks though as currently, it has no refreshment facilities in the fort.

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The fort is closed on Mondays for general visits.

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