Historic Portuguese mansion an oasis of calm in colourful India

Historic Portuguese mansion an oasis of calm in colourful India

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This Friday June 2, 2017 photo shows the back garden of the 427-year-old Figueiredo Mansion, a Portuguese heritage home, in Goa, India. The Figueiredo family of Portuguese diplomats, lawyers and parliamentarians began building the mansion in 1590 as they made their home in Loutolim, a quaint village surrounded by paddy fields about an hour’s drive from Goa’s airport. Today, three generations of the Figueiredo family live in the house, providing visitors and guests with a personal, living link to history. (AP Photo/Manish Mehta)

A 425 year old Portuguese mansion in India has opened its door to visitors to offer a glimpse of its colonial history. The much-loved home of Goa’s Figeuiredo family is not only a repository of memories but a treasure trove of antique furniture and precious artifacts dating back to 17th century. The Figueiredo mansion is now part museum and part homestay and the family hopes to keep its legacy alive in the years to come. Unlike the Goa of popular imagination of sandy beaches and liquor shacks Loutolim in South Goa is a quaint village surrounded by paddy fields. Goa was a Potuguese colony until 1961 and a part of that history is visible in the Indo-European architecture of the village homes and mansions.