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You might expect a fort to have stern and uncluttered look - but not this one. The fort commands a magnificent look and is worthy of being visited. Dating back to 1624, this was once the most important of coastal forts. The fort is near to the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbour which was built to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town.

Location
It is situated at the extreme northwestern point of Salsete and guard the entrance to the port. Located just north of Vasco Da Gama city and just south of Mormugao Port, this is the closest fort to Goa's airport. Primarily, Mormugao was generalized to be the capital of the Portuguese empire, hence the fort was erected and in 1703 the viceroy moved into the town.

An Informative Inscription
An inscription over the fort of the gate reads (in translation from the Portuguese): The Catholic King Dom Filippe, the third of this name, reigning in Portugal, Dom Francisco da Gama, fourth Count of Vidigueira, Admiral of India, a member of His Majesty's Council and a Gentleman of the Royal Household, being Viceroy for the second time, this Fortress was begun, the first stone being laid on ...April 1624….".

A Popular Fort
The Maratha warriors continued to attack the town and the fort and finally the Portuguese gave up the township in preference for Old Goa. As, a main constituent of Goan history, and being one of the most important India forts it is also very popular with those indulging in historical travel activities of Goa.

Attractions Of Fort
The fortress is about 10 km in circumference and boasts of possessing some ancient articles like 20 bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. There were two beautiful fountains. The Fonte de Malabar kept the royal arms and was said to bob up from a gold mine and the Fonte de Santo Ignacio which had a more modest beginning in a sulphur mine. Near By Places
Mormugao fort is closer to Varca beach. Varca has a belt of wooden fishing boats that are peculiar in their appearance. This too has proven to be very popular with visitors from around the world and is well worth a visit.

How To Reach
By Air
Dabolim, Goa's airport lies atop the rocky plateau which is 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama.

By Rail
The nearest railway station to Margoa is situated at Vasco da Gama.

By Road
Arriving by bus from Panjim or Margao is very easy as you'll be dropped off to the nearest situated Kadamba bus Terminus which is 3-km east of the town centre from Vasco. From Vasco you can hire ferries to reach Margao harbour.



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