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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Old Goa: Photo 5

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The 16th Century city was walled with a gate that was decorated for the arrival of new governors. Then in 1599, when the governor was Dom Francisco da Gama (he was also the great-grandson of Vasco da Gama), this arch was built at the river's edge "by order of the Senate of the city of Goa, with the twofold object of saving the expense of decoration and of perpetuating the name of the famous discoverer of the sea route to India." (Fonseca, p. 193) Sorry to disappoint, but the arch collapsed in 1948 and was entirely rebuilt in 1954. Old engravings show a slightly more elaborate structure, with an upper image containing a statue of St. Catherine. (See, for example, the one in Antonio Lopes Mendes, A India Portuguesa, 1886, vol. 1, p. 51.)

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