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Ruined church, Goa.

Ruined church, Goa.

Photographer: D'Souza and Paul

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 2/2(87)

Item number: 87

Length: 18.7

Width: 23.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the heavily overgrown ruins of a Portuguese church at Goa from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency' taken by D'Souza and Paul in the 1880s. The Portuguese settlement here was initiated by the naval commander, Alfonso de Albuquerque in the early 16th century. Old Goa (Goa Velha) grew into a thriving city with a population of 200,000, larger than Paris or London. However in the mid- 17th century the city declined having been afflicted by recurrent epidemics and challenges from the English, French and Dutch. It is now a city of ruins with vestiges of buildings remaining which exhibit an interesting blend of European and Indian styles and provide a glimpse of past splendour.

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