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This Baroque church is called Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Nossa Senhora da Immaculada Conceição) and was built by Portuguese settlers in the early 17th century in Panjim (now Panaji), the capital of Goa state.

There are several photos of this church on TE, but I think this is the first one taken from street level that also shows the street. The other photographers have taken great care to avoid disturbing people. I guess I was obsessed with street-life already 45 years ago, when I was still a very inexperienced photographer.

Goa was colonized by Portugal in 1510, after Vasco da Gama had first arrived here in 1498. It became a Portuguese province in 1951, four years after the independence of the rest of India. In 1961 the Indian army invaded Goa and threw out the Portuguese.

Today Goa is one of the major tourist areas of India, largely because of the long sandy beaches. In 1973 almost the only foreign visitors were Western hippies who migrated here when the weather in Nepal was too cold.

Here is a larger version.

Two workshops show traces of the Portuguese heritage of Goa. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Workshop #1

Workshop #2

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