Sightseeing Panaji Goa :
Sightseeing Panaji Goa is a highlighted place that tourists like to visit once in Goa. One particular spot is Fontainhas and not all tourists are aware of the same. It is the heritage quarter of the capital city of Panaji, lying along the banks of the ancient Ourem creek. The main Kadamba bus stand at Patto is just across this creek which is connected by a small foot bridge.
The tourists like to walk through this old latin quarter as it has a completely different atmosphere from the noise of the main city. With its Mediterranean look, narrow streets and overhanging balconies of the ancient Portuguese style houses.
Once you enter the Fontainhas area you get a positive vibe as the place is so colorfulas most of the houses in the area, which are built in the classic Portuguese style are still painted in the traditional colours of pale yellow, green or blue, and have red-tiled roofs with overhanging balconies.
Sightseeing in Panaji : Fontainhas, a little history :
The area was laid out on reclaimed land in the late eighteenth century by “the Mossmikar”, a Goan expatriate so called because he had made his fortune in the Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The entire area is laid out at the base of a hillside known as Altinho, and the natural springs on the hillside, gave the name Fontainhas to the area.
More Information of this Sightseeing in Panaji Towards the southern end of Fontainhas :
If you keep walking further there is an old Chapel of St Sebastian (built in 1880) but very well maintained by Fundacão Orienté, an institution involved in
restoration of quite a few heritage buildings in Goa. The chapel also has a very old traditional well attached. It dominates the small square where the locals used to hold the lively annual street festa to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Livrament.
The Chapel contains a striking lifelike crucifix, which once hung in the Palace of the Inquisition in Old Goa. The image of Christ, on the crucifix has its eyes open. This unusual feature is thought to have been created to put fear into the minds of those being interrogated by the Inquisitors.
The crucifix was later moved to the Adil Shah´s Palace or the Secretariat, until the Viceroys moved to a new residence at Cabo when it was brought to the St Sebastian Chapel.
At the very end of Fontainhas, lies a small but attractive natural spring – Fonte Phoenix, whose surroundings have recently been renovated to turn it into a tourist spot.
So just in case you decide to do your sightseeing and some shopping at Panaji, do stop by at the Fontainhas and take back home some more interesting memories.
You can also do the same by booking a tour of sightseeing in panaji by calling on +919765227999 or just drop an email on [email protected] .