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Mormugao Fort - Popular Tourist Attraction of Goa

Mormugao Fort, Goa
Mormugao Fort, Goa
Mormugao Fort was build in 1624, was considered as one of the major costal forts in Goa. The fort is located to the north to Vasco Da Gama town and just south of Murmogao Port. The Mormugao Fort covered a total region of six miles in circumference, contained towering bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. It had 53 guns and a garrison with 4 officers, and was an important fortress on the western coast.

History


Mormugao Fort was constructed to protect the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbor, which was a commercial trade centre near the Vasco da Gama town. It was also build due to continual invasion by the Marathas. Due to the constant attacks launched on Goa by the Maratha warriors under the leadership of Shivaji and other Maratha rulers, the Portuguese were growing lacking confidence and getting terrified. Fort Mormugao was build, which protected and guarded them against the invasion of the Maratha raiders.

Attractions


Mormugao Fort is considered as one of the major attractions in Goa. In its early days this fort was an excellent example of Portuguese architecture. Some of the forts areas are preserved, where visitors will see various structures such as a chapel five prisons, and lodgings for the guards. Fonte de Malabar kept the royal arms and it was said it bob up from a gold mine and the Fonte de Santo Ignacio which had a more modest beginning in a sulphur mine. Tourist visiting the Mormugao fort can also chill out at the Varca beach, which is close to the fort. Varca is famous worldwide for its belt of wooden fishing boats that are peculiar in their appearance.

How to Reach


Dabolim airport is just 4 kms southeast of Vasco da Gama. The nearest railhead is situated at Vasco da Gama and from Panjim to Margao by bus is very easy and from Vasco one can hire ferries to reach the harbor.