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Panjim was originally inhabited by fishermen. The muslim ruler Yusouf Adil Shah whose capital was Old Goa built his holiday palace here. On his defeat, the Portuguese converted it into a second residence for the Viceroys. When the capital moved to Panjim due to several epidemics at Old Goa, it became the official residence of the Governors and Viceroys. Later it housed the Secretariat. On a hillock behind the Palace, facing the west, is the majestic Church of the mmaculate Conception, overlooking, the commercial centre of Panjim.

On the side of the palace of Adil Shah, is, the trading house of Mamai- Kamat whose descendants stil! Inhabit the place. Most of the building is converted intoto the western world during the French Revolution.

Running diagonally from the church square, is a street, now named Dada Vaidya Road. It has aMosque, the Jama Masijid, further on, a Temple to Goddess Mahalaxmi built in 1818,m followed
by a once pretty fountain called Cabeca de Vaca presently known as Boca de Vaca. Behind, on
the hill of Altinho, is situated, the Palace of therchbisho9p, the Lyceum building, the Serra home for the aged and beautiful private residences built between 50 to 100 years ago. small shops called the “Lojinhas do Palacio”.
The monument in front, depicts Abade Faria (1756-1819), a Goan priest from Candolim, who wasProfessor of Philosophy at the University of Marseilles in France. He introduced, hypnotism,Mosque, the Jama Masijid, further on, a Temple to Goddess Mahalaxmi built in 1818,m followed by a once pretty fountain called Cabeca de Vaca presently known as Boca de Vaca. Behind, on the hill of Altinho, is situated, the Palace of theArchbisho9p, the Lyceum building, the Serra home for the aged and beautiful private residences built between 50 to 100 years ago.

18th JUNE ROAD

18th JUNE ROAD
is the commercial nerve centre of Panjim. It is famous for its shopping and unique restaurants.

Hotel Fidalgo houses the offices of Air India, NEPC and East West Airlines. The shopping arcade here is unique for its silk and leather. Further up the road towards the Church of Immaculate Conception one can buy jewellery, watches, cashew nuts and liquor. For those interested in photography, a number of studios and laboratories provide quick and reliable service. The public astronomical observatory at Junta House on this same street is open every evening, from the 14th of November to the 31st of May, between 19.30 – 21.30 rs. including Sundays and public holidays. No fees are charged. Around the square of Azad Maidan one can shop for cashew nuts and spices. At times cultural programmes and political meetings are held within.

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