Sometimes taking second chances becomes necessary. The first time I visited Reis Magos Fort, it was on a Monday and only met a closed door. However, determined to see this historic Fort, I revisited when it was open to public.
My main purpose of visiting the fort was witnessing another one of the renowned architect, Gerard da Cunha’s work. Chosen as the Chief Conservationist of the project, da Cunha worked as a part of the 2007 tripartite agreement between Government of Goa, INTACH and the Helen Hamlyn Trust to restore the oldest fort in Goa. The restoration process was five-year long and the fort was reopened in June 2012.
The fort is held by strong laterite walls and was of strategic significance, because it served as a defense to the port of Old Goa. Having been abandoned for decades, this fort predates Fort Aguada and has been used as an outpost and a jail, and has gone through very many changes in its history.
Hugged by the River Mandovi, my favourite part of this fort was the citadel. From here I saw the River blend in with the Arabian Sea and the infinite horizon.
Bonus: I ran into an exhibition of Mario Miranda’s work. What a blessing!
Good to know:
-You will have to buy your tickets at the reception.
-Tickets cost Rs.10 only.
-Fort timing: Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM to 5PM.
-Getting there: Verem, Bardez, Goa (Map)
-Do not litter.
Which other fort in Goa would you recommend?