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Menezes Braganza House

Address: Chandor, India
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tour this vast, sumptuous Portuguese property with a descendant of one of the original owners.
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tour this vast, sumptuous Portuguese property with a descendant of one of the original owners.

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Jodhpur, India
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286 reviews 286 reviews
200 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
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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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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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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Chennai, India
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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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New york
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Ontario
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Rajasthan and most other states in India had their maharajas and royalty. Goa, for obvious reasons, did not have any. But they had the landed gentry, and the Braganza family from the 15th century was one of them. They were akin to royalty in those days to the extent that the Portuguese tried to woo them over, but failed. A... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Looks like a con artist is at work at this mansion. I agree with the reviews of shekhar15oc and Jitenbhatia83 for this attraction. POSITIVES: 1. Sprawling mansion with plenty of Portuguese heritage -- but then, you can see such houses from the outside all over Goa; in fact, this one has paint peeling off, both outside and inside 2. Good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Menezes Braganza Perreira home, now divided between two branches of the family, belonged to a long line of respected and influential lawyers, landowners and publishers. It is an enormous building with twenty-eight windows and numerous balconies overlooking a quiet street and the family crypt on the other side of the nearby square. We went into the right wing of... More 

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