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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bassein Fort: Photo 26

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The Mother Church, built in 1546 on the site of a mosque destroyed by the Portuguese. Tt was built according to the following royal order: "In the city of Bassein you shall build a church and dedicate it to St. Joseph, and provide for the subsistence of the Vicar and his assistants; to accomplish which you may employ something out of our revenues, and the 3,000 pardaos formerly employed in the maintenance of the Mohamedan mosques and their service shall for the future be allotted for the subsistence of the priests, and such other persons as give a helping hand towards the conversion of the infidels" (quoted in Albuquerque, p. 63).

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