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St Augustine Tower  

  Goa , Goa.
FREE

  • Monument and historical place
    Category
    Monument and historical place
  • duration
    Duration
    1 - 2 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

St. Augustine Tower, Old Goa This forty six meters high colossal four storied arched belfry tower built of laterite, formed part of the facade of the church of St. Augustine facing east. The ruins of eight chapels, four altars and extensive convent with numerous cells may be seen. This tower and church was build in 1602 by the St. Augustinian Friars. The Friars of Augustinian Order arrived in goa in 1572 and built a small convent on the holy hill and later it was enlarged. The convent building has three stories provided with two large stone staircases leading to the floors above. On entering the convent there were two cloisters, corridors, pillars, Galleries, Halls having numerous rooms, A refectory (dining hall), Guesthouse and Infirmary ( First Aid) which were very spacious. It also had vast dormitories and numerous cells and other structures which are now in ruins.

In 1835 this complex was abandoned due to the expulsion of the religious orders from Goa and the Portuguese Government ordered its demolition. In 1846 the main vault of the Church collapsed and the convent rapidly decayed. The valuable articles belonging to the religious complex were either sold or lost, being nowadays dispersed over many churches in Goa. The bell from the tower was initially taken to Fort Aguada and later in 1871 was shifted to the Church of Our lady of Immaculate Conception church in Panjim.

The church had a sprawling vault(roof) which collapsed between 1842 and 1846. It is said that the vault collapsed twice during construction and on the third attempt the architect to test its stability ordered a heavy cannon to be fired at the building with his only son standing inside. Fortunately, the vault withstood the shock to be brought down due to the ravages of time. As per the records, the convent and the church dedicated to Our lady of Grace was occupied by the Augustinian order till 1835. it was then abandoned as a result of an official decree and the Portuguese Government ordered its demolition.

As a result of partial demolition, weathering, and natural decay, the facade of the church including the 46 meters tall tower again fell in 1938. What remains of the five-story-tall tower is being conserved against all odds. The archaeological survey of India has been carrying out scientific clearance of the ruins since 1998 and simultaneous conservation of the site.


Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Last Admission 04:30 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • first aid kit
    First aid kit
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank
  • Food or Snacks
    Food or Snacks

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.4 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    1.3 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.3 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    3.1 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    3.0 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    0.5 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.5 KM
  • train
    Train
    2.6 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    0.5 KM
  • beach
    Beach
    12.5 KM

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