Reis Magos Fort
Standing tall and proud overseeing and protecting the taluka of Bardez, across the river from the capital city of Panaji, this fort was one of the first bastions of the Portuguese rulers against enemy invasion. The structure exudes majesty and grandeur and though it is not the biggest fort in Goa, it still commands respect and awe. Pre-dating even the prestigious and much larger Fort Aguada, and situated at the narrowest point of the mouth of the Mandovi, it’s skillful construction and strategic placement made this fort nearly impregnable and it was an important asset to the Portuguese colonists. The fort has also been skilfully repaired in recent years and partly restored to its former glory. It is clearly visible, with its distinctive reddish stone walls, all the way from Panaji which lies across the Mandovi River from it.
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Interesting facts about Reis Magos Fort
An enduring testament to the skill and strategic planning of man, this fort is well worth a visit. A visit here can be teamed up with one to the Reis Magos Church which lies only a short distance away and is also a tourist hotspot. The fort commands glorious views of the surrounding countryside which make for great photographs by which to remember your Goa vacation.
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Located on the bank of Mandovi, about two miles away from the Fort Aguada, Reis Magos Fort was constructed in 1551 by Portuguese to serve as a turret. It was enlarged twice; its final shape was erected in the year of 1707. The fort can be seen from the Panaji side of the Mandovi River.It was built primarily to guard the narrowest point at the mouth of the Mandovi estuary. It proved to be quite useful in the 18th century during the wars against Maratha rulers. It used to also serve as accommodation for viceroys and other officials who used to arrive via Lisbon. Although for a short period, it was also captured by the British army from 1798 to 1813 but was later vacated by them. This place also served the purpose of prison. Until recently it wasn’t open to the public. This fort has been opened for public view in the month of June 2012.In the year of 2007, the Government of Goa signed a tripartite agreement with INTACH and the Helen Hamlyn Trust. According to which it was decided to restore the fort to use it as a cultural center. Helen Hamlyn Trust had sponsored the restoration project of the fort.