History of Margao
Margao is the second largest city of Goa that reflects the Portuguese charm in its set-up and 450 years old architecture. Once a major religious center, Margao is now a successful commercial center in Goa. It is believed that the city derives its name from two Hindi words 'Math' meaning 'Hindu Religious Center' and 'Gram' meaning 'Village'. The Portuguese captured this area in the 17th century AD. Travel to Margao to see some of the remarkable architectural splendor of the Portuguese era.
About the City
Travel to Margao to experience the old world charm of the Portuguese period. The city is at a distance of 33 km from Panaji. The popularity of Margao has increased manifold after the opening of the Konkan Railways, as it is now the main railway station in South Goa. Travel to Margao and explore the churches, temples, Portuguese buildings, beaches, markets and eating joints.
Tourist Attractions of Margao
The major tourist attractions to visit on ones travel to Margao are the Chandreshwar Bhuthnath Temple, House of Seven Gables, Jorge Barreto Park or Municipal Garden, Monte Church, Pandava Caves, Rachol Seminary and Steely Church of the Holy Spirit. The Steely Church of the Holy Spirit or Largo de Igreja was built in 1675 AD. It is an outstanding specimen of the Late Baroque Architecture of Goa. The church has a pure white exterior while the interior is a combination of gilt crystal and stucco. The House of Seven Gables or Sat Burzham Ghor is a marvelous mansion built in 1790 AD by Sebastino da Silva, the Emissary and Private Secretary of the Portuguese Viceroy. Today, only three out of seven gables have survived. Travel to Agonda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Colva Beach, Galgibaga Beach, Mobor Beach, Majorda Beach and Palolem Beach from Margao. Visit the markets of Margao including the fish market that will provide you with the true cultural picture of the city and will fetch you some good bargains.
Travel to Margao
» Rail: The Margao Railway Station is a major railway terminal in South Goa and is only 2 km from the city center.
» Air: The Dabolim Airport in Panaji is the nearest airport to Margao.
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