The quaint hamlet of Reis Magos (meaning three wise men) is home to two famous landmarks: the Reis Magos Fort and the Reis Magos Church. The fort of Reis Magos was built in 1551 and is listed under the Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. Located on the banks of River Mandovi, the fort is a wonderful example of the confluence of Hindu and Portuguese architectural styles. Surrounded by sturdy laterite walls, it is studded with Portuguese turrets. Once, 33 guns existed here though only seven have been found within the fort complex. During its glorious times, the fort accommodated viceroys and other dignitaries coming from, or going to, Lisbon in Portugal. Initially, it was used as a defence fortress, later a jail and has also served as a hospital in the past.

The Reis Magos Church, whose white facade is visible from across the river, was built in 1555 by the Franciscan Friars. Dedicated to St Jerome, the church and its seminary became a famous site for learning, which can be gathered from the Portuguese royal coat of arms imprinted below the crucifix at the top of the gable. On January 6 every year, Reis Magos celebrates the colourful Festa dos Reis Magos, during which locals enact the story of the three kings who went on the journey to worship the holy infant child, Jesus Christ.

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