Once capital of Portuguese, Old Goa has a charm blended with both Goan and Portugal culture. The churches and convents, built at those times, represent the culture of Portuguese. With its growing popularity, it was once considered as rival to Lisbon. Ergo it also grabbed its affectionate name as "Rome of the East". The city is also popularly known as 'Velha Goa'. At times, it was largest and richest city in Asia surpassing London or Lisbon. It was also capital of Bahami Sultanat.
This old world charm city in North Goa is merely 9 km away from the capital city Panaji. Undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of other town, this place is ideal for those more interested in the state’s past. Each inch of the city mirrors the eras it went through representing art, atmosphere and culture. Old Goa lane takes you to the world of yore. Apart from churches it has few marvelous beaches, temples, Sanctuary, Lake and many other places are nearby. Worth seeing places are Adil Shah's Doorway, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, Viceroy's Archway, Se Cathedral, Chapel of St Anthony, Archbishop's Palace, etc. The city is listed among World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Old Goa road, no doubt, takes you on voyage of past!
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