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Menezes Braganza House, Chandor

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#13 of 68 in Historic Sites in Goa
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Goa's largest Portuguese-era mansion, Menezes Braganza House dates back to the 17th century and take up one entire side of the village square. One wing of the oversized home is filled with glass chandeliers and family treasures brought from Europe and Asia. The other section contains a large ballroom with a marble floor, as well as a private chapel used to store the fingernail of Saint Francis Xavier. Make Menezes Braganza House a centerpiece of your Goa vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Goa itinerary maker.
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3.9
  • Upon arrival, we were welcomed into this exquisite family home, full of beautiful furniture and artefacts. A very personalised and friendly tour by the people who live and work at the house.  more »
  • An interesting historical building with the biggest private library in Goa. A small info guide/hand out on the house would have been useful. Good on them for trying to keep the place going.  more »
  • When we entered we met the owner of the place ,she was strict she did not allow us to click any pictures , she told us her family history during the Portuguese time and how the Branganza family fought...  more »
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  • An excellent site. If you love architecture and history, do visit this. Portuguese style villa. Well maintained, you need to spend some rupees for the visit. Also contains all antique furnitures and all.
  • Only for those interested in 400 year old architecture. The house itself is a architectural wonder. Some old antique are their but not maintained. The garden too needs maintenance. 1/2 section is closed nowadays... And yes there is a voluntary contribution of INR 100.... The staff of the old lady is not much aware of the history of the family and the 14/16 generation is not available for that. But do visit...
  • Building is very old. It's not very well maintained. The old lady doesn't to be much interested in explaining the Guest about its history. She is more interested in snatching money from people. She will tell only about her plight of maintaining the building with 9 maids. She is not well informed also. They don't have any display board of entrance fee. First at the end of her explanations she will ask for offerings. Then suddenly she starts demanding. We were 3 Adults and 1 kid. I gave Rs 300 after her 15 minutes of explanations. She started demanding Rs 500-600.When I refused to do so . She became rude and asked us to leave, keeping the money with herself. We had a very bad experience and our mood was totally spoiled.
  • If you are South Goa then you cannot miss this more than 400 years old Portuguese house. It is a private ​property but you would welcomed here by residents. They would give an informational tour of a few sections of this house.
  • Great walk back into a time in the past. But no ticket yet charged 100 Rs per person for seeing one half of the house and another 150 Rs for the second half!

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