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Fort Aguada

A well-conserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing tall in Goa is Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The fort derives it’s name from a freshwater spring – within the fort which provided water supply to the ships that called there. ‘Agua’ in Portuguese means water. Steps lead down from the middle of the courtyard within to an enormous vaulted cistern capable of storing ten million litres of fresh water. The four-storey Portuguese lighthouse is an exceptional construct of the fort, erected in 1864 is the oldest of its kind in Asia.
Though the entire fort is no longer intact, some buildings that are still in good shape have been converted into a prison and amazingly, it happens to be the largest prison in Goa.

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