Casa Araujo Alvares, Loutolim, Goa

Casa Araujo Alvares, Loutolim, Goa

After visiting Big Foot I saw visitors talking about a mansion And few crossing the road lined-up to enter. I inquired and the guard said: I have to buy a ticket from the Big Foot ticket counter to enter.

Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

(Tour every 15 minutes)

Rs. 100/person paid.

Silence please – The guard requested. We proceeding inside the mansion. A pre-recorded sound with lighting effects. Dr. Salvador Eufemiano Araujo Alvares 250 years old home. Let us view the traditional inheritance through the eyes of modern age.

The narration continues…

– The cold and silent environment around display the mindset of those days people

– Hat And walking-stick the Portuguese fashion those days

– Women used to carry colorful umbrella

– The stand for Hats on the left-hand side of the entrance

The reason: When a guest enter the house left-hand is used to place Hat on top of stand and right-hand for welcome gesture

– palki(palanquin) of those days – conveyance mode

– The main door once opened during sunrise is shut only at night hours

– The chapel inside the house close to the inner-entrance gate

– 6:30 pm – The church bell and family member gathering around the chapel for pray

– The Home-Office of Dr. Salvador Eufemiano Araujo Alvares advocate by profession

Humble down-to-earth person always helpful for poor to settle disputes outside the court with mutual talks between the parties

– Portuguese law books displayed within wooden almirah

– Portuguese law take care of women rights specially during those days

– wooden almirah/furniture with hidden/secret spaces

– The long arms of wooden-chair so that a person can put his legs to relax

– hand-written scripts

– The bedroom area with four pillars bed

– Master bedroom windows/doors decorated by beautiful carvings

– The wooden ceiling for coolness

– 150 years old bed-sheet gifted by Lara Gomes

– Commode was used within bedroom during night hours because those days bathroom/latrine was at the back of the home

But now-a-days bathroom/latrine part of living-area

– chini mitti Basin and soap-case from England used during face-wash

– room for Kids and maid to take care of them

And Toys from those days

– Windows not covered with glass but with sea-shell

Plenty of sea-shell were available within Goa those days

– walls with gun holes

Professional shooters were hired for defense against the dacoity of Rane clan

– secret places to hide

– Barrel to store wine specially brought by Portuguese people from their native places

Feny – The Goan drink was used for cold/cough and stomach pain

– The face-mask

people used to wear during festivals and during local plays

– hanging charpai (cot) on the wall used if a guest visit during night hours

– The huge big kitchen and the underground location to store monthly ration

closed currently due to snakes/insects

– Keema (traditional meat) preparing machine/wooden-boxes to store spices/big matkas (earthen pot) used as oven

– 150 feet deep Well digged before the house was built so that during construction plenty of water is available

Note: Well was used both by the owner of the house as well as near-by villagers

– close to Well is horse-cart/bull-cart and bicycle

– Aangan (an open courtyard) within the home to be used to dry fish or any other purpose And to grow chili/lemon

– place for meditation and more than 1000 Lord Ganesha idols collected by one of the current inheritors of the house – Shri Maendra

The idol different size but the smallest is as small as rice and is made of mud as well as gold

– adjustable Dining table for 24 people

– chandelier/Glasses from Belgium

– The German lampshade

To burn the lamp half oil half water was used during those days but now-a-days replaced with electricity
And many more…

Wonderful history – Thanks to current owners of the ancestral mansion. One should not miss the traditional inheritance if visiting Goa. Casa Araujo Alvares is situated at Loutolim in Salcette taluka of South Goa district.

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