This Goan House Also Has A Hotel And Is Older Than Taj Mahal

It is 427 years old.

This Goan House Also Has A Hotel And Is Older Than Taj Mahal
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Have you ever heard about the legendary house, Figueiredo Mansion?

WittyFeed brings you interesting details about the house, which was built in Loutulim, Goa, in 1590. 

It predates 1648, but what has it got to do with that year. It is the year when Taj Mahal was built. That makes the mansion more than 400 years old. The name Figueiredo was adopted by Podiars, the Saraswat brahmins, who migrated to Goa in the 16th century from Sancoale (present South Goa). 

A part of the family decided to move to Shiroda village in Goa and the rest stayed in Loutulim (present North Goa). Later, they adopted the surname Figueiredo as they converted themselves into Christians. 

Manuel Vicente de Figueiredo was the first person to adopt this surname. His descendants took care of the legacy later.

The youngest daughter and the current owner of the mansion- Maria de Lourdes Figueiredo de Albuquerque - was the first and youngest woman Member of Parliament in Portugal. After 60 years, she returned to Goa and opened a portion of the house as a museum in 2010. 

At present, Maria's daughter - Maria de Fátima Figueiredo de Albuquerque - who worked abroad earlier, is looking after the house and plans to restore it to its original beauty.

Let's go through the house which also has a hotel in it.

The new addition

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Manuel's descendant, Vicente João de Figueiredo, a lawyer, built the new part of the house in the 18th century. The new construction is still known as the New House.


Vicente's descendant, also called Vicente João de Figueiredo, was a lawyer, a judge in Ponda, a businessman and a member of The Portuguese Legislative Assembly.



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Belgian crystal 

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The chandeliers and sconces were made using Belgian crystal. 

Imported Porcelain

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The fine porcelain seen in the house comes from Japan and China.

Exquisite mosaic

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The floor tiles were imported from Italy and arranged in intricate fashion.

Figueiredo Heritage Inn

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That's the name of the hotel which is a part of the mansion, and yes, you'll get all the details about it in the end. 

Some from Portugal too

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The leather-upholstered chairs seen inside the mansion were imported from Portugal.

The aesthetic value

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Surrounded by carved furniture and large rooms, it feels grand as soon as one enters the place.

There's even a Chapel inside the house.

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The beautiful artwork on the railing of the house

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Solid Teak Wood

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The floor of ballroom and dining room is made up of Solid Teak wood.

Plush green lawn

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This pictured view is what you get to see every morning after you wake up.

Carved furniture

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Mansion has exquisite wooden furniture with beautiful carvings. The furniture was made by carpenters who were Hindus, Muslims, and Christians in Goa.

Bedrooms are named after...

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The portion of the house which is now run as a hotel, is the oldest part of the mansion and was completed in 1590. Every bedroom is named after the illustrious ladies of the Figueiredo family who once used to live there.

Want to go and spend a night?

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You can get all the details at Figueiredo House. The rent for a single night stay starts from Rs 4,000.

Source: Figueiredo's website.

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