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Reviewed 9 August 2014

That was my initial reaction when I saw this doorway just standing by itself, that it reminded me of the Stargate from the TV show (yes I know it isn't round). It does seem a little strange just standing there by itself near St. Cajetan Church, but it is interesting and you should be sure to read the plaque about it.

Date of experience: July 2014
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Once you saunter into the shadowy covers of the compound of the picturesque St. Cajetan Church in Old Goa, you might fail to notice on your left a gateway of basalt pillars holding up a horizontal lintel. It took me some time to figure out the location.
This is all that remains of a palace constructed by Yusuf Adil Shah, the sultan of Bijapur.The palace, prior to destruction, was the residence of the Portuguese Governor until 1696. It was demolished in 1820 for construction of new houses. This is the only remnant of the Adilshahi rule in Old Goa that is now dotted by a plethora of Churches.
The palace must have seen its days of glory. But now all that you see is the gateway and an informative plaque. Strictly for history aficionados.

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

The historic palace of Adil Shah, also known as Palacio de Idalcao by the Portuguese, now houses government offices. The original structure was destroyed by the Portuguese and then rebuilt in colonial style. This building can only be viewed from outside

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

If you don't know what to expect it's easy to expect more. This is only ever described as a 'gateway' yet its name adds a sense of grandeur that is sadly lacking in an architecturally important feature that is still all too easy to walk past as you stroll down the driveway to the church of St Cajetan. Located to the left of the drive as you walk down it the gateway is basically just a surviving lintel set on decorated basalt pillars atop a few steps. The original buiding apparently continued in use as a residence for a succession of Portuguese governors and so must have had enough of it's original magnificence to attract them. Nevertheless it was simple neglect that led to the building's later demolition in 1820 and this is all that is left. If you are visiting the church or have a few spare minutes and may be wandering down to the Viceroys Arch by the river then it's worth stopping by to have a look at the carvings; unusual in an area dominated by Christian symbols. Nevertheless there is nothing here that will hold your attention for more than a handful of minutes unless you have a specialist interest.

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile
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Date of experience: January 2017
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