forts are comparatively small in size but rich with historical and cultural
significance of the former era. These forts are almost in ruins due to ignorance,
vandalism and natural calamities. Arch of Adil Shah’s Palace is the finest
example of architectural style and splendor of Old Goa. It is the most prominent
building having majestic lofty showcases. It was a construction of 1695 and
destructed in 1820. Later the leftovers were transferred to Panaji for manufacturing
of houses. Now there remains only a gate, which is architecturally pure in
The Gate of the Arch of Adil Shah’s Palace is made of basalt and comprises of a horizontal beam resting on pillars decked with moldings and the outer side contain fragmentary bursting screens. There remain six steps in front of the gate that direct to the raised stage on which the gate stands. Previously it was the dwelling of the Portuguese governors till 1695, and afterwards utilized by them on cheerful occasions. Actually the forts and monuments are now lying silently in Goa, which provide evidences of joys, sorrows, vibrant and dark events of the bygone days.