Viceroy's Arch, Velha Goa, India - a legacy of colonial Portuguese rule

Arch of Viceroy  Goa

Arch of Viceroy 1940 Goa

Erected by  in 1599 in Velha Goa or Old Goa 20 km from the Capital City of Panjim, by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, the then Viceroy of Goa and great-grandson of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama the Viceroy's arch is a tribute to a man  who revolutionized sea-faring by his time-honored first discovery of a major sea route to India. Goa is on the west coast of India.

Francisco da Gama,

Viceroy's arch, Goa, an inscription of conquer

This fine legacy of colonial Portuguese rule under went renovation in  1954 and prior to it it was in a dilapidated condition facing near collapse.  The reason is soon after the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese in 1954  this place including the historical arch fell into disuse with no periodic repairs and maintenance  

Viceroy's arch, old Goa, statue of Vasco de

The arch memorial was built with particular care in  laterite stone  and green granite adoring the seaward side. Floral designs with the statue of Vasco Da Gama at the center sporting  a deer emblem on the coat of arms are attractive.  His statue is quite impressive and gets the attention of the visitors as he appears in full ceremonial regalia    The simple but sculptural work includes   an image  of  a European woman wearing a crown and a robe, holding a sword in one hand and an open book in the other. 

Goa, India

Now it is an ASI protected Monument of National. Standing as a sentinel this tall arch  the Mandovi River, beyond the Se Cathedral bear testimony to the heyday of Portuguese rulers and their hegemony in this par of India.