Photographer's Note

Heritage houses in a lane in FontainhasFontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese) is an old Latin Quarter in Panjim, capital city of the state of Goa, India. It maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow and pretty winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles. The Fontainhas's heritage ambiance represents the traditional Portuguese influence in the area.


In the late eighteenth century, a Goan expatriate nicknamed "the Mossmikar", who had made his wealth while working in Mozambique, established Fontainhas on reclaimed land.
In 1844, an administrator of the Government who had restored a certain degree of law and order in Goa directed that even the people of the lower strata of society should appear properly dressed in public. He built an elegant street with a parapet called the Rua Nova d’Ouremsea on the seaward side of the Fontainhas Bairro (Quarter). In the same area, he also created the Phenis fountain, which had a fine façade and porch.

The Fontainhas had a high population density. The rich people lived on Panjim hill in large bungalows, while the less affluent lived at the foot and the east of the hill, hemmed between the hill and the small tidal creek, which remains dry and emits a foul smell during the low flow season.

William Dalrymple calls Fontainhas a "small chunk of Portugal washed up on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
It is the only area in Goa where Portuguese is still the main language.

The place i reside is one of the most beauriul place where i have seen people preserve their language, culture and heritage.

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