Fernandes House is a wonderful spot for catching a glimpse of how Portuguese's cultural and history have influenced old Goan Hindu society. Build over 500 years ago; it narrates the complete story of Goa’s dramatic transformation of history and culture after the Portuguese invasion. Goa continued to experience new transformations in culture, first with Hindu origins, later Portuguese influences, and then significant European influences. It made Goa a blend of different cultures with each culture leaving its mark. The house is owned by descendants of the Fernandes family and is open for public display.
The Fernandes family was originally wealthy Brahmins who then converted to Christianity to protect themselves. However, they never completely disconnected themselves from brahmanical beliefs. The Brahmin influence can be seen in the house's layout like the presence of a private access in the backyard to the river. As you walk down the trapdoor through the bottom of a false cupboard, you will reach a narrow passage below the river. This narrow passage was family's secret hideaway and the escape tunnel. From covered gun holes in the wall, one can easily understand how Fernandes family used the tunnel to escape whenever bandits and rebels attacked them. Though this escape tunnel is 500 years old, it stills looks strong and functional.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week except Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around 2 hours|