Aguada Fort, Goa, India
Aguada Fort is open to the public and free of charge, during the hours of daylight.
The decommissioned main lighthouse and historic Portuguese Aguada Fort, once a powerful, moated and double walled fort controlling the mouth of the River Mandavi, with almost eighty heavy cannons (now removed). The whitewashed, decommissioned lighthouse stands a proud 14mtrs high just behind the small Church of St Lawrence, the patron saint of sailors.
The main citadel of Aguada fort was used as a prison until recently.
Built in 1612 Aguada (Upper) Fort is perched on a bare rocky upland called Aguada Point. The upper fort was built as a vantage point and watering point for ships. While the lower fort offered a safe berth for the Portuguese ships. The upper fort, surrounded by a moat has an underground water storage chamber, gun powder magazine and bastions.
The word 'Aguada' means watering place in Portuguese. The water tank has been measured at almost 24 million gallons.
Aguada Fort overlooks the picturesque Sinquerim Beach and Hotel.
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