This Adil-Shah-era mosque of Goa takes you back in time

Viresh Parsekar

MOSQUE BY THE MANDOVI

Planning to explore Goa's hinterland? While you're at it, make sure to visit this historic mosque by the Mandovi River in Surla Village.

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ONE OF GOA'S OLDEST MOSQUES

Surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes, this mosque - Surla-Tar Masjid - is said to have been built in the 16th century, dating back to the Adil Shah era.

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ISLAMIC MOTIFS

The mosque features traditional Islamic architecture, with intricate designs and serene surroundings.

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GOA'S RELIGIOUS HISTORY

Ravage by time, the centuries-old mosque was restored to its former glory in 1956 by the government. Today, it is a testament to Goa's rich cultural and religious history.

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BLISSFUL GOLDEN HOURS

The best time to visit the mosque is in the early mornings or evenings for some golden hours of bliss.

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A FERRY RIDE

One has to cross the Mandovi River on a ferry to reach the village of Savoi Verem, where the mosque is located.

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DISTANCE FROM NEAREST CITIES

It is located at a distance of 27 km from Panjim city and 17 km from Bicholim city.

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