Portugal's Foreign Minister Mario Soars is now visiting India to sign a treaty formally recognising India's sovereignty over three former Portuguese enclaves, including Goa.
GV PAN OVER the city of Goa
GV Buildings near sea front with cars along street
SV People in market
SV Tourist walking in he street
GV Policeman directing traffic in square
GV&CU Liberation monument (2 shots)
GV PAN Mandavi River
GV People cross river on ferry (2 shots)
LS Cathedral in Old Goa PAN DOWN Entrance TO people (2 shots)
GV&CU Statue of Christ in front of Cathedral (2 shots)
SV People leaving the Cathedral
GV Cathedral with archway of Goa (2 shots)
SV Cross and facade of Cathedral (2 shots)
GV&CU Basilica of Infant Jesus with statue of Camoes-0 Genio de Patra (3 shots)
GV PAN ALONG Chapel of our Lady of Rosway
GV PAN Santa Monica Convent & sign with facade (4 shots)
GV&SV The ruined tower of St Augustine and doorway (3 shots)
GV People drinking well water (3 shots)
GV PAN ALONG Newly-built bridge across the Mandavi river at Pangim
GV PAN City of Goa
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Background: Portugal's Foreign Minister Mario Soars is now visiting India to sign a treaty formally recognising India's sovereignty over three former Portuguese enclaves, including Goa.
Dr. Soare was due to visit Goa on Saturday (28 December) and Sunday.
His visit was ostensibly for the rare exhibition of the well-preserved body of Saint Francis Xavier, the Jesuit Missionary who was sent to preach Christianity in India, following the Portuguese conquest of the area in 1510.
Goa, about 250 miles (about 400 kilometres) south of Bombay, used to be the capital of the Portuguese empire in the East. It is known for its beaches, scenery and grand cathedrals.
There are three cities in Goa -- Old Goa, New Goa (Pangim) and Mormugao. Old Goa is, for the most part, a city of ruins. Pangim, originally a suburb of Old Goa, has the archbishop's palace, government house and barracks.
Goa and the two other enclaves -- Daman and Diu -- were seized by Indian troops in 1961. But Portugal continued to regard them as its overseas territories until the coup earlier this year.