Goa: The Myriad Hues Of Fontainhas

Goa: The Myriad Hues Of Fontainhas
The Portuguese influence immediately asserts itself in the neatly arranged red Mangalore tiles on the roofs and the oh-so pretty blue and white Azulejo tiles at Fontainhas, Photo Credit: Snigdha Sharma

Much has been written about the Latin quarters of 'the land that never floods', Panjim. A walk through the whimsical exuberance of Fontainhas only pleases the senses. Photos by Snigdha Sharma


September 01 , 2015
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The Portuguese influence immediately asserts itself in the neatly arranged red Mangalore tiles on the roofs and the oh-so pretty blue and white Azulejo tiles at Fontainhas
Amidst the frenzy of bright and bold colours of Fontainhas, right at the centre,  stands this  pretty little church, pristine and white, The Chapel of St. Sebastian which was built in 1818
The flamboyance of the house-owners manifested in the beautiful ornate windows, high plinths and large airy balconies
The transition from traditional & smaller windows to larger ones also reflects the changes in Goan culture in it's attitude towards women
The rains bring out different hues in the already vibrant houses, flowers are in bloom and like a cherry on the cake, you are also spared from the hustle and bustle of a touristy crowd
A pretty reminder of the inevitable issue--the dearth of space
Ever since getting recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Walk, many of the old houses in Fontainhas have converted into home stays and guest houses
A balcony at one of the houses in Fontainhas. The ceiling done in straw, the elaborately carved wooden furniture and the clay tiled roofs also reflect a more eco-friendly form of luxury
The bottle green moss growing on colourful walls and gates only adds to the charm of visiting Fontainhas in the monsoons
The facade of Old Quarter, a lovely little cafe and hostel for travellers. The art of painting tiles seems to have a great influence on local art in the area

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