An Afternoon at The Figueiredo Mansion
On top of the itinerary of a week long visit to Goa was to discover as much of its cultural and biodiversity heritage as seven days would allow. We set out to explore the old mansions of the sea side state on a warm, Goan day. Our first stop was The Figueiredo Mansion in the discreet village of Loutolim. The mansion was designed in 1590 by Jesuit priests for the Podiar family, converts to the Christian faith who then took the name Figueiredo. So at ease is the mansion with the surrounding rural landscape, that it surprised us to be confronted by its sumptuously decorated interiors. The Italian tiles, exquisite porcelain, Belgian chandeliers and room after room of intricately carved furniture gently transported us into another period. We spent more time than we planned at The Figueiredo Mansion absorbing as many decorative details as possible, a few pictures of which are here and on Instagram. If you’re in Goa and considering staying or having a meal at a treasured cultural asset, this may be it!