These glorious arches around Goa take us back in time

Venita Gomes

ARCHED GOAN BEAUTY

Arches are rife in traditional Goan architecture. They not only provide structural integrity to a building but also infuse decorative charm to it.

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ARCHED DOORWAY OF TIME

Once a distinguishing feature of Goan architecture, arches are not so common in modern building designs today. Let's walk you through the arched doorways of Goan architecture to know their significance.

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ARCHING TO WELCOME

They were like warm sentinels at every entry point. Goa boasts many arched gates that are still standing to this day, serving as gateways that allow people to pass through and access the other side.

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GRACEFUL & ELEGANT

There is something graceful, not to say elegant, about arches that may be missing in the modular, sliding or other types of modern doors. This graceful elegance can be seen in Goan homes and buildings.

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ADD MAGNIFICENCE TO CHURCHES

They are one of the charming design elements of Goan churches. Arched windows, doors and hallways add to the magnificence of the churches.

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THE MAJESTIC ARCH

An arch over your window will always give it a majestic look. And, Goans know how to give a majestic look to their homes with that ubiquitous semi-circle they love so much.

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ACROSS THE ARCHED BRIDGES

Goa's old arched bridges give you a fairy-tale feel, evoking an image of a silhouette arched bridge in the moonlight. They not only enhance a bridge's architectural strength but also add to its aesthetic beauty.

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AND FORT TOO

Walking through Goa's forts is like stepping back in time, and these arches or curves are sure to catch your attention. Perhaps you will stop to appreciate these intricate architectural elements.

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