|The Viceroy Arch, old Goa. GoaHolidayHomes|
|Vasco da Gama's statue on the viceroy Arch, Goa. Alamy|
The European colonialism has its roots in Goa with the establishment of a Portuguese colony in the 16th century. No doubt, Goa is home to countless Portuguese monuments that include churches, forts, bungalows, etc. Among the time-honoured vestiges of by-gone Portuguese era, the Viceroy Gate is of particular interest to us. It was the gateway to new era of colonialism in India and later British Imperialism here.
The Viceroy Arch on the jetty of Goa (located at a distance of 10-km from Margao) built in 1599 as a memorial to Vasco da Gama, the daredevil who discovered the first sea route to India in 1499 is not only symbolic of the past Portuguese colonial era but also it acts as a passage into the rich Portuguese history in this part. The Viceroy Arch has a unique and rich aura about it because, it is said, that each viceroy had to pass through this arch before he took his office. Constructed in the Maneuline style of architecture, the arch has elements of the Italian renaissance design. The other associated features are motifs like swathes of seaweed, coral, conch shells, cupids, angels and other works of art.
|The Viceroy Arch, Goa.shubhyatra.com/|
Not withstanding the vagaries of time, the Viceroy Arch, a Portuguese legacy now stands there as if it were a sentinel of time that waits for none.
01. In the 17th century, people who landed at quay had to pass through this arch. Likewise, the new viceroy from Portugal would be ceremoniously given the key under this arch.
02. The Viceroy Arch serves as a god's gateway to the famous Church of St. Cajetan built in Greek architecture. You may call it a replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.