From The DVD
Duration: 23 Min. Approx
Goa, situated on the western coast of India attracts a number of tourists for it’s beautiful sea beaches and lush greenery. The Portuguese, who conquered Goa in 1510 C.E., made it the trade capital of their empire. Gradually, they took control of the neighboring areas and managed to channelize most of the trade on the west coast through the city. The Portuguese were not only interested in trade but had also come to spread the Christian religion.
With the coming of the Portuguese rulers, their religion as well as their way of life had a tremendous impact on Goan culture. Soon after they came, the Portuguese set about making the city of Velha Goa (Old Goa) their capital and it came to be known as “the Rome of the Orient”. Splendid churches were constructed. Even today, there is an Iberian aura of the old feeling that Goa must have looked like a ‘little Portugal’. The art of Europe is depicted beautifully in the Churches and Convents of Goa. These monuments have become an integral part of our cultural heritage.
The UNESCO bestowed the status of World Cultural Heritage Site to Churches and Convents of Goa in the year 1986.