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Old Goa

Old Goa is the state's showpiece and the only remnant of the massive and overpowering Portuguese presence. Half a dozen imposing churches and cathedrals (among the largest in Asia) are all that remain of the Portuguese capital that was once said to rival Lisbon in magnificence. In its heyday, the 1500's, it was the largest and most flourishing of the great Asian cities and rightly called `Goa Dourada' (Golden Goa). The monuments and cathedrals today represent just a fraction of the urban development that was Old Goa.