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King Adil Shah's Palace, Goa: 3 reviews and 4 photos

  Gate of Adil Shah's palace-Old Goa
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  • Gate of Adil Shah's palace-Old Goa - Goa
      Gate of Adil Shah's palace-Old Goa
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  • Detail of Adil Shah's palace gate-Old Goa - Goa
      Detail of Adil Shah's palace gate-Old Goa
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When the Muslims took control over Goa they saw the area of Old Goa as a strategic and commerical hot spot. Much like the Portuguese who would follow them. The Muslims first took Goa in 1312, but were defeated by a Vijayanagara king Harihara I. Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa and used Goa's port to establish trade relations with Arabia. Muslim pilgrims from all over India embarked from here on their journey to Mecca. It was a time of great prosperity and peace for Goa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510, finally defeated by the Portuguese.

Adil Sha built a palace just off the river and possibly encircled most of the area where the 3 main cathedrals now stand. All that remains is one of the elaborately decorated archways.

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  • Written Dec 27, 2005
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