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Viceroy’s Arch Goa Address: Divar Ferry Road, Goa, 403402, India
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Located near the Candolim Beach, Viceroy’s Arch which is made up of laterite, is another popular tourist spots of Goa. Built in the year of 1599, it served as the main entrance for the Old Goa once.
Viceroy’s Arch was constructed by Viceroy Francisco da Gama who was the grandson of Vasco Da Gama. He built this in order to remember the great accomplishments of his grandfather. This arch is also said to be one of the gates of Adil Shah’s Palace. A sculpture of St. Catherine on one side and of Vasco da Gama on the other side was constructed.
After the collapse, this arch was renovated in 1954. This figurine of Vasco Da Gama at the arch is facing the Mandovi River.The statue of this great adventurer in royal uniform is quite captivating. However, during the renovation work, the third tier was removed, because of which the bronze statue of St Catherine was transferred to the museum.
There is also a standing crowned woman at the back of archway. The statute is said to have symbolized the Christian’s victory over other religion which were considered to be pagan.
According to tales, this statue was part of a tradition where all the viceroys, after taking over their offices, used to make procession under the arch. Here they used to be offered with the ceremonial key. Rua Direita is the road under the Viceroy’s arch. Visitors will find various old buildings and monuments at this part of Goa.