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Located : Bardez taluka, North Goa district
Constructed by : Portuguese colonizers
Period of Construction : 1609-12 AD
Aguada Fort stands tall beside the estuary of the Mandovi River. This fort is the only Portuguese fort that was not conquered during the 450 years rule of Portuguese colonizers in Goa.
The robust architecture and internal features of Aguada fort are worth watching. The walls of this structure still exhibit the original construction, since it has been well-preserved. Inside the fort there stands a four- storey light house that is perhaps one of its kinds in entire Asia. This light house was created in 1864.
Fort’s Interior :
This fort has two distinct parts, both of which have different functions. The upper part of the fort gives a high overlooking view of the sea. This upper fort was used mainly to guard the coastline. The lower part of the fort is attached with bastions all over the sea level. The lower part also has a water tank that has a capacity of 2,376,000 gallons. This water tank was once a repository for freshwater. Presently, a part of this huge fort is used as jail of Goa.
Apart from the water tank and light house, the fort was associated with two hundred cannons. The assembly of such a massive number of cannons made Aguada Fort a major bulwark against the invaders.
The view of the coastline from the fort top is really enthralling and it gives you the opportunity to capture great photographs. You can make your visit to this fort memorable with the dolphin trip. You can go for a dolphin trip that is organized at the river and during this trip you can get a view of the Aguada jail.
Visiting this fort is not a tough job since almost every tourist operator organizes trips to Aguada fort. This is a prominent tourist spot and one can reach this place by hiring local transport.
This fort was built during 1612 AD to ward off mostly Dutch and Marathas.The name of this fort defines its prime function during the Portuguese rule. The term “Agauda” is a Portuguese word which means, water. And Aguada Fort served as a freshwater supply for most of the European ships that halted at this fort.