Fort Aguada | Fort Aguada Taj-One Of Ancient Structure
Fort Aguada was situated in the 17th century. The fort is approximately 17km far from Panjim. The most attractive thing or highlighted part of the fort is the Four Storey Lighthouse and the amazing view of the sunset. The fort overlooking the reconcilement of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi River.
Fort Aguada has been also used as a jail named Aguada Jail. There is a statue in front of the jail which salutes the freedom fighters, which realizes a touch of patriotism.
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Fort Aguada History
The Aguada Fort was constructed in the year of 1612 to protect from the Dutch. In 1612, it was one of the reference points of vessels. The Aguada Fort In Goa stands on the Candolim Beach, at the seaboard of River Mandovi.
The spring of freshwater fulfills the requirement of water supply to the ships that stopped. This is the reason that The Fort named “Aguada Fort” where aguada means “Watery” in the language of Portuguese. The Lighthouse of Aguada Fort is the Oldest Lighthouse in Asia. it was one of the grandstands of 79 Cannons. It was one of the biggest storage points of freshwater of that time in Asia, that can store 2,376,000 gallons of freshwater.
The Fort has two part
1. Upper Part : The upper part is a basically Fort, and the station to store water.
2. Lower Part: The lower part is a storage chamber, also have a lighthouse, bastions, and gunpowder. It also contains the secret passage which was very useful during war time.
The freshwater spring able to provide sufficient water to the ships that used to stop by. That’s why the fort got its name ” Aguada Fort”, the meaning of Aguada is “watery” by the Portuguese.
At the time of the Administration of Salazar, Fort Aguada was again purposed to use as a prison, for the political opponents of Salazar.
Fort Aguada Jail
Some part of The Aguada Fort was used as a jail during the administration of Salazar’s. At that time, the Aguada Fort was closed for the public. There is a statute that denotes or identity of the fight for freedom of Goa. A ceremony, on every 18th June, celebrated by people and government to salute the freedom fighters of Goa.
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Fort Aguada Goa Entry Fee
There is a free entry in Fort Aguada, you don’t have to pay any fee to enter.
How to reach Fort Aguada
This fort is situated on the Aguada-Siolim Road in Sinquerim. We have two options to reach the fort.
Option 1: we can travel the 4km road by car/vehicle from Sinquerim beach. one can also book a cab to reach Fort Aguada, it can take 10 to 15 minutes to reach the destination.
Option 2: 2nd way to reach the fort is shorter than the first way, it is the way of a 2km footpath and it’s a steep climb. walking is good for health.
Fort Aguada Timing:
Open all days of week from 9:30 AM to 6:00PM
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