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Sightseeing in Daman

The main sightseeing places in Daman include its churches, which are among the oldest and best-preserved Christian monuments in Asia. The grandest of all is the Church of Bom Jesus in the main square of Moti Daman, built in 1603. Recently renovated, it has a richly carved portal, a high ceiling and an ornamental altar.

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, on the opposite side of the square, has ornate woodwork including an intricately carved, gold painted altar. The Sé Cathedral is less impressive but dates back to the 17th century and is totally Iberian in its façade. Its high point is the altar, a masterpiece of ornately carved, gold painted wood.

The massive fort at Moti Daman (the Old Portuguese quarter) was constructed by the Viceroy D. Jeronimo de Azavedo in 1614 and was completed in 1627. The fort premises once housed official buildings, barracks and the residences of Portuguese officials in its protective custody.

A moat surrounds the fort and is linked to the River Damanganga that flows into the Arabian Sea. Two magnificent gates lead into the fort, which has ten bastions. The fort is built as a polygon with projections at regular intervals of about 500 feet with wide angular bastions. From the ramparts you can get a nice view across the river to Nani Daman.

The beaches at Daman are somewhat cluttered. So you should try out the ones at Devka (3 km) or Jampore. But please keep in mind that there are sharp, rock formations below the surface at Devka.

Jampore is an ideal place to visit in Daman, most suited to swimming as it has no rocky formations and is particularly good during low tide, as you can walk far into the sea. The beach is relatively isolated and casuarinas windbreaks make it very pretty. The ''Satya Sagar Udyan'' is a park along the promenade well laid out with colourful fountains and flowerbeds and shrubbery and a great view.

Nani Daman has some wonderful sights to see for the traveller ranging from the Gandhi Park near the Nani Daman jetty, the Light House, Nani Daman Fort and the churches in Gothic style inside the fort compound to the fishermen’s jetty where boats unload the freshest of fresh catch.

The smaller St. Jerome’s Fort at Nani Daman has three bastions and two portals. A large statue of St. Jerome stands on the premises. The Fort also houses the lovely Chapel of Our Lady of the Sea, and its ramparts are a good vantage point from which you can watch the fisher folk landing their catch. In Nani Daman you could also go down to an interesting Jain Temple by the river whose inside walls are covered with glassed in murals depicting the life of Mahavir, the founder of the Jain religion.

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