Fort Aguada - Sinquerim, Goa

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It comprises of a lower fort with bastions all around and an upper fort. It skirs the seashore and ascends the summit of the bare rocky, upland called "Aguada Point" 260 feet above the sea leave. the upper fort was built as a vintage point to serve as a fort and a watering station to the ships. While the lower fort offers a safe berth to portguese ships. the upper fort comprises of a Moat, an underground water storage chamber, lighthouse, gun powder room and bastions. It was built to hold a series batteries, which allowed two hundred guns to work at a time for the defence of the coast. It protected the capital of Goa, Old Goa, from potential sea borne enemy. The walls are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide. This is the only fort that was not conquered by any invaders during the 450 year long rule of the Portuguese empire in Goa.

The word "Agua" means water and "Aguada" means watering place in Porguguese. The storage capacity of water tank is 23.76,000 gallons. It has five divisions with a support of 16 huge columns and a staicase to descend. a lighthouse which is circular in shape and 42 feet high. Its a 4-storey structure. It was built in the year 1846 and it was Asias first light house. At initial states used to emit light once in seven minutes. In the year 1834, it was updated to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds, However, it was abandoned in the year 1976. Now a new light house is built. it's quite impressive to see the fortifications of this Old Fort.

Fort Aguada is at a distance of 18 kilometers from Panjim Currently at one end of the fort, the central jail of Goa has been made. Next to the Fort and along the Sinquerim beach there are two of the best hotels in North Goa, the Taj Holiday Village and the Fort Aguada Hotel.

Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am - 05:30pm

Fort Aguada

View of the high walls of the Aguada Fort

Fort Aguada

View of the light House & water storage tank at the Aguada Fort

Fort Aguada

The light house which was abandoned in the year 1976

 

 

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