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Menezes Braganza House

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Address: Chandor, India
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Tour this vast, sumptuous Portuguese property with a descendant of one of...
Tour this vast, sumptuous Portuguese property with a descendant of one of the original owners.
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Braganza house Goa: Scent of a glorious past

It can be said that the history of Goa lies within these walls. The glorious days of trade as the Braganzas once a Hindu family, converted to Christianity and rose in the ranks of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful place depicting the life and times of the aristocrats in Goa more than a century back. The style is there for all to see with furnitures, lamps, chandeliers, crockery of the bygone era still in place. The place does not have the trappings of a formal museum and one can leisurely walk around with the local... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Braganza House belongs to one of the earliest Brahmin converts by the colonial Portuguese but many visitors believe & review them as Portuguese who lost their vast lands after Goa`s liberation ( They report it losing independence!) in to the Indian union in 1961.The house with its western & eastern wing is divided among two brothers who don`t seem... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Most travellers to Goa fail to look beyond the beaches. However, there is much more to experience including the palatial homes of the Portuguese nobles. One of the best such homes is the Braganza House in Chandor. This beautiful mansion is full of antiques and furniture from across the globe, which will be shown to you dedicatedly by one of... More 

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Jodhpur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This place is managed well by its residents and they have displayed a lot of different items of interest belonging to the Portuguese era. We see a lot of beautiful paintings, furniture items and other decoration stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

An enormous old colonial house handed down through nine generations, but now dependent on donations to sustain its upkeep as a result of the loss of family lands when Goa lost its independence. Well worth the visit from Colva or surrounds as there are lots of items collected by the family over the last 450 years, from China, Europe and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

It can be said that the history of Goa lies within these walls. The glorious days of trade as the Braganzas once a Hindu family, converted to Christianity and rose in the ranks of the Portuguese government. The king of Portugal granted them a coat of arms and the name 'Braganza' to the ancestor who kept adding rooms and cultivating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It's a shame to read so many negative reviews about this important slice of Goan heritage. Both apartments are worth visiting. The East wing (Right at the top of the stairs) is filled with artefacts from Europe, China and India, as well as personal objects given to the family by guests over the years. 14 members of the family still... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

On arriving at this unkempt building that looked deserted,we walked in and encountered a maid who only spoke Hindi.she showed us some rooms upstairs and did not seem to know much.hardly the tour guide she was supposed to be.at the end of a quick ten minute tour,punctuated by a lot of "you can't go there""don't take photos" she asked us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The house is overall very interesting and provides a glimpse into history. As we entered the house, there is a staircase, that rises and turns back. Once at the top floor, there are two wings. We took the East wing first, that is the wing on the right (right AFTER reaching the top of the stairs). The Lady who maintains... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This house is divided into two wings, each run by a different branch of the same family. Both simply take donations for viewing the house in order to maintain it. The West wing is very well maintained (inside) and the lady who owns/runs it is very knowledgeable. However she allows no pictures. The East wing allows pictures, but definitely needs... More 

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