Cabo Palace in Goa
Built in 1540 AD opposite Fort Aguada on the south headland of
the river Mandovi, the Cabo (the Portuguese word for cape) Palace
fortress housed the Franciscan monastery, which later (1594 AD)
became the official residence of the Governor of Goa.
Holding the most panoramic view one can witness in Goa with the
Indian Ocean towards the west, the Bay of the river Mandovi and
Fort Aguada on the north and the busy port of Mormugao.
Remaining unhabitated and isolated for centuries, it is believed
some human habitation must have been present over here but
because of its enclosure in a dense wilderness, no signs of
earlier settlements found.
The beauty, solitude and uniqueness and well-planned features are
some of the main attractions of the Cabo. A small Chapel was
constructed at the very end of the mansion dedicated to Our
virgin lady of The cape (Nossa Senhora do Cabo). It also served
as a landmark for the seafarers.
The Construction Of The Fortress
The exact date about the first construction of the fort is not
known but in a recently discovered note dated 30th June 1541,
there was a proposal to locate a Franciscan priest at the chapel,
which already existed.
Making Of The Monastery
In the meantime, the chapel caught the attention of the Viceroy
D. Matias d Albuquerque (1591-97) who became one of its committed
devotees. He was a protector of the reformed Franciscan friars
known as "Recollects". The Viceroy decided to rebuild the chapel
and also constructed a monastery beside it. He paid all the
expenses involved in its construction. He even imposed a
condition that the Franciscans would look after the chapel and if
by any chance they have to leave the place, it would be handed
over to the archdiocese for proper maintenance.